Environment: Beleaguered Tower

Once, the skyscraper was the symbol of America's soaring ambition. Now it is becoming a new addition to the list of environmental dirty words. The criticisms range from dehumanization of cities to changing of weather patterns. Only Washington, D.C., has won the fight against height; it bans any building more than 90 ft. tall. Almost every other major city continues to build gigantic skyscrapers—New York its twin-tower, 110-story World Trade Center, Chicago its 80-story Standard Oil Building. Perhaps the most interesting of all, and among the most controversial, is the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co.'s nearly completed headquarters in Boston.


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