Today Dubai, Tomorrow San Fran


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(The Burj Khalifa — previously the Burj Dubai — on opening night, 4 January 2010; photo credit: Steve Clemons)
Here is a farewell pic from Dubai — a picture of the new tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa (which until a few hours ago was known as the Burj Dubai).
Word is Jeddah wants to have the next tallest building in the world.
I’m off to San Francisco — which is a fantastic city even without anywhere near the tallest buildings in the world. But for sizzle, it does have the Golden Gate.
— Steve Clemons


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  2. Paul Norheim says:

    Only an American TV broadcaster like CNN could dedicate 1/2 hour to a relatively
    uninteresting topic like “the tallest building in the world” – as it did yesterday.
    (And only an American James Bond fan would bother to be there during the opening
    ceremonies :))


  3. David says:

    Gotta go with San Francisco, hands down, for the reasons Pauline gives, and because of City Lights Books.
    Tallest, most spectacular, glitziest, most artificial – Dubai leaves me utterly cold, but then I was mostly upset about all the displaced wild turkeys and loss of native Floridana by the creation of Disney World. However, those pictures are spectacular, and Dubai does matter, as does Disney World.
    Pity the US did not have enough respect for Iraq as the geographic location of the cradle of western civilization not to shock-and-awe the place (and its inhabitants).


  4. eberit says:

    I also am hoping you will be having some sort of public forum or coffe meet in SF.


  5. Pauline says:

    That is a very, very ugly building, it dominates a city-state of mostly equally ugly buildings. It could have been designed from a sketch from the storyboard for the 1936 film ‘Things to Come’. San Francisco has soul, spirit, and real people, that draw in the visitor. Dubai has none of that, and too often it has the smell of too many people and not enough sanitation.


  6. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “But for sizzle, it does have the Golden Gate”
    Actually, I don’t know if its still there or not, but “sizzle” in San Francisco reminds me of the “San Francisco Museum of Erotic Art”.
    In my early twenties a close friend of my girl friend’s family opened it. Seems to me their name was “Kronhausen” (???). But egads, what an amazing collection, from ancient Chinese “how-to” scrolls that were passed down through generations, from mother to daughter, to some really raunchy and pornographic modern stuff. Fascinating, really. I had no idea there was a market for such artwork, but the museum, at least, seemed to be flourishing.


  7. Dan Kervick says:

    Congratulations to Dubai on their really tall building. Hopefully theirs won’t be hit by any planes.


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