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Towers of Tomorrow

“They looked like abandoned villain headquarters in a comic book.”

This is , a monthly column on the history of buildings by Adrian Shirk. Shirk has previously written about the feminist takeover of an abandoned building, the death of shopping malls, the Robert Moses building in New York, and Brooklyn’s Admiral Row houses.

The towers were not silvery and serpentine like Seattle’s Space Needle, which had come out of their world’s fair a few years earlier. Rather, these were stolid and kind of crude, the saucer-shaped decks fixed atop three thick concrete columns and painted lemon yellow.

Men in Black

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Men in Black

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