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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.

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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

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