So, yesterday I was eating dinner at Panchero's (delicious veggie quesadilla) when I read an opinion column about which was taller, the IDS or the Capella building. While the column was informative on this topic (apparently the IDS is taller, despite Capella's claims to the contrary) the author then went on to claim that Mpls really needs to catch up to all the other cities because even Indianapolis (gasp!) has taller skyscrapers than we do! Oh the HORROR!! Oh the SHAME!! How is it that we as a city have not kept up with the ridiculous need to pile steel, glass and mortar into taller and taller edifices in order to assert our superiority and dominance over other cities with smaller, more pathetic erections? I mean, if this columnist is to be believed, our lack of appropriately high skyscraper puts us behind Chicago, Houston, Austin, Indianapolis (double gasp!) and Seattle and that is just here in the Midwest! There are buildings being erected in other countries that put our poor child-like IDS Tower to shame.
I must admit, after I read that column I felt the almost overwhelming urge to look around for a towel. I mean, was I suddenly in a locker room? What was going on?
How sad that our worth as a city might be tied into the size of our skyline. I guess we'll all just have to start driving bigger, faster cars.