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New York vs. Chicago

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New York and Chicago have been locked in a skyscraper contest since 1885, according to urban economist Jason Barr. The two cities have the nine tallest buildings in the U.S. and more than half its buildings taller than 785 feet. "The data just supports this idea that New York, for example, will positively add to its skyline when Chicago does," says Barr. "There will never be a winner. This idea of cities competing with each other is part of the nature of the beast. It's always going to go on." [Atlantic Cities, photo: Shutterstock]