Whatchu talkin' bout Sears Tower to become Willis Tower?

    Chicago Tribune: "Come this summer, Chicago's iconic landmark known around the world is getting a new moniker: Willis Tower."

    I remember when Chicago was the "City of Broad Shoulders" - as amply demonstrated in the Sears Tower. Our buildings manifested our ambition, our drive, and the romantic inspiration to erect the world's tallest building.

    The Sears Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, will soon become the Willis Tower.
    (Chicago Tribune photo by Alex Garcia / January 15, 2009)

    Home to the world's best engineers and architects, and home to many of the world's greatest capitalists, Chicagoans at the time believed it was their birthright to claim the world's tallest building as theirs. That was superseded by Asian and Gulf cities and nations and nation-states, before the Big Bust. Now what?

    We have a few fine towers going up. Daley the Second knocked it out of the ... with Millennium Park, some years ago. Today the heir to the Sears (Willis? That just doesn't sound right.) Tower would be Chicago's big bid for the 2016 Olympic Games. I can hear Mayor Daley the First saying, 'Dat's right. Dis is da greatest city dere is.' I can hear Muhammad Ali, another former Chicagoan, whose aspirations are embodied in strong structures like Sears- "I am the greatest!" And that's why the architecture currently proposed in Chicago's Olympic bid needs to get bolder.

    Thanks Jeff Jacobs for the video!

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