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Shadows creeping over booming cities

Tensions between light and growth are rising as new skyscrapers emerge in US cities, casting shadows on their neighbourhoods.

The skyline of New York's Midtown Manhattan as seen from under Queens Bridge. In New York, new legislation was introduced in the city council this spring that would create a task force scrutinising shadows on public parks.

New York

RISING over Midtown is "Billionaires' Row", a collection of glassy new pinnacles that promise the kind of condo views you can get in Manhattan only by building taller than everything else around.

With its US$95 million penthouse, 432 Park Ave tops out just shy of 427