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First Paris Skyscraper in 42 years & Lost Highways - C C - Jul 3, 2015

Triangle Tower Approved: First New Paris Skyscraper in 42 Years

EXCERPT: At nearly 600 feet (180 meters) tall, this structure was narrowly granted permission to be the first skyscraper to grace the Parisian skyline in nearly half a century. Designed by Herzog & De Meuron, the Tour Triangle will be the third tallest building in the city, shorter only than one other skyscraper and the Eiffel Tower. Its shape is in part a reaction against the rectangle towers of downtown, which indeed sparked the initial moratorium on creating such tall buildings....

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Lost Highways

EXCERPT: A story I've been obsessed with since first learning about it back in 2008 is the problem of "ancient roads" in Vermont. Vermont is unusual in that, if a road has been officially surveyed and, thus, added to town record books—even if that road was never physically constructed—it will remain legally recognized unless it has been explicitly discontinued. This means that roads surveyed as far back as the 1790s remain present in the landscape as legal rights of way—with the effect that, even if you cannot see this ancient road cutting across your property, it nonetheless persists, undercutting your claims to private ownership (the public, after all, has the right to use the road) and making it difficult, if not impossible, to obtain title insurance....