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** San Antonio Texas is another interesting subversion because the ground is perfect for building sky scrapers and the ones that are there are fairly impressive, but the city has mostly grown outward rather than upward. The Frost Bank building is the first skyscraper to go up in thirty years. These are known as "sprawl cities" where there simply isn't that much of an incentive to stay confined.

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** {{Lampshaded}} by Creator/JimmyFallon in one of his "Thank you" notes.
---> "Thank you...New York, for being the only city in America with enough tall buildings for ComicBook/SpiderMan to do his thing. Could you imagine if Peter Parker was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico? LAAAME!"


** Another Notable Aversion is Washington D.C. which had a height restriction on buildings that make the Washington Monument the tallest building in the city. A popular myth is that the law specifically restricts any building from being taller than the monument, but this is not the case as the law grandfathered all buildings taller than the restricted height... the Washington Monument was the only structure that qualified at the time of of the law's enactment. The fact that the most common buildings in D.C. EstablishingShots are all on the National Mall (a park running 1.9 miles from the Capital Building in the West to the Lincoln Memorial in the East, with the Washington Monument in the center (in front of the White House). Additionally, the White House is notably one of the smallest State Residences in the entire world and doesn't have much in the way of room for long [[WestWing walking conversations as is common in many TV shows set in the building.]]

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** Another Notable Aversion is Washington D.C. which had a height restriction on buildings that make the Washington Monument the tallest building in the city. A popular myth is that the law specifically restricts any building from being taller than the monument, but this is not the case as the law grandfathered all buildings taller than the restricted height... the Washington Monument was the only structure that qualified at the time of of the law's enactment. The fact that the most common buildings in D.C. EstablishingShots {{Establishing Shot}}s are all on the National Mall (a park running 1.9 miles from the Capital Building in the West to the Lincoln Memorial in the East, with the Washington Monument in the center (in front of the White House). Additionally, the White House is notably one of the smallest State Residences in the entire world and doesn't have much in the way of room for long [[WestWing walking conversations as is common in many TV shows set in the building.]]

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** Another Notable Aversion is Washington D.C. which had a height restriction on buildings that make the Washington Monument the tallest building in the city. A popular myth is that the law specifically restricts any building from being taller than the monument, but this is not the case as the law grandfathered all buildings taller than the restricted height... the Washington Monument was the only structure that qualified at the time of of the law's enactment. The fact that the most common buildings in D.C. EstablishingShots are all on the National Mall (a park running 1.9 miles from the Capital Building in the West to the Lincoln Memorial in the East, with the Washington Monument in the center (in front of the White House). Additionally, the White House is notably one of the smallest State Residences in the entire world and doesn't have much in the way of room for long [[WestWing walking conversations as is common in many TV shows set in the building.]]


* The Field Spell Card [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Skyscraper "Skyscaper"]] in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' builds a city made entirely of skyscapers in the field. In a second season episode, Judai's friend Hayato (who's now a card designer for I2) gives him a new Field Spell called "[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Skyscraper_2 Skyscraper 2 Hero City]]", which builds a far bigger, futuristic city of skyscrapers. Also, Edo Phoenix has an equivalent for Destiny Heroes called [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_City Dark City]].

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* The Field Spell Card [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Skyscraper "Skyscaper"]] in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' builds a city made entirely of skyscapers in the field. In a second season episode, Judai's friend Hayato (who's now a card designer for I2) gives him a new Field Spell called "[[http://yugioh.[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Skyscraper_2 Skyscraper "Skyscraper 2 Hero City]]", City,"]] which builds a far bigger, futuristic city of skyscrapers. Also, Edo Phoenix has an equivalent for Destiny Heroes called [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_City Dark City]].
City.]]


** Another notable aversion is Moscow, which is in the same bailiwick population-wise, but has even less skyscrapers than London, if for a different reason. Moscow sits on sturdy clays underlain by stable basalt plate, so geology was no object. The reason was simply economical: back in the Communist era, when all land belonged to state that enforced strict building and zoning regulations, there simply wasn't much incentive to build up aside from the occasional prestige project free land was a commodity Russia never had a shortage of. Only in the NewRussia, after the land market appeared in the 90es, skyscrapers became economically viable, and even then they are often criticized as built more for prestige than out of genuine necessity.

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** Another notable aversion is Moscow, which is in the same bailiwick population-wise, but has even less skyscrapers than London, if for a different reason. Moscow sits on sturdy clays underlain by stable basalt plate, so geology was no object. The reason was simply economical: back in the Communist era, when all land belonged to state that enforced strict building and zoning regulations, there simply wasn't much incentive to build up aside from the occasional prestige project free land was a commodity Russia never had a shortage of. Only in the NewRussia, UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia, after the land market appeared in the 90es, skyscrapers became economically viable, and even then they are often criticized as built more for prestige than out of genuine necessity. necessity.

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** Another notable aversion is Moscow, which is in the same bailiwick population-wise, but has even less skyscrapers than London, if for a different reason. Moscow sits on sturdy clays underlain by stable basalt plate, so geology was no object. The reason was simply economical: back in the Communist era, when all land belonged to state that enforced strict building and zoning regulations, there simply wasn't much incentive to build up aside from the occasional prestige project free land was a commodity Russia never had a shortage of. Only in the NewRussia, after the land market appeared in the 90es, skyscrapers became economically viable, and even then they are often criticized as built more for prestige than out of genuine necessity.


In a fictional and futuristic world, there is a certain way to show a city's prosperity and ambition: build it ''high''. The city will contain almost or even '''literally''' nothing but buildings that dwarf the [[UsefulNotes/{{Dubai}} Burj Khalifa]]. The issue of these towers' financial cost, environmental impact or mere usefulness will never be brought up. Nor will be the question of ''how many people'' the city has to need such huge buildings. There are freaking big towers everywhere, that means you are in an [[ConspicuousConsumption absurdly rich city]], that's all you need to know.

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In a fictional and futuristic world, there is a certain way to show a city's prosperity and ambition: build it ''high''. The city will contain almost or even '''literally''' nothing but buildings that dwarf the [[UsefulNotes/{{Dubai}} Burj Khalifa]]. The issue of these towers' financial cost, environmental impact or mere usefulness will never be brought up. Nor will be the question of ''how many people'' the city has must have to need such huge buildings. There are freaking big towers everywhere, that means you are in an [[ConspicuousConsumption absurdly rich city]], that's all you need to know.

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** A noteworthy ''aversion'' is London, which has a similar population to New York City [[note]]and the same property price issue that made the Big Apple the indirect trope namer for FriendsRentControl[[/note]] but only has the same number of skyscrapers (defined as buildings over 150m in height) as relatively tiny Boston. This is because of an issue that fictional examples of this trope often gloss over: The suitability (or lack thereof) of the terrain to hold a building's weight. London is on marshy, low-lying ground that couldn't support a Manhattan-style skyscraper until architectural technology caught up, and the first true example wasn't started until the 90s.


** Metropolis from ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 Ratchet & Clank]]'', ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal Up Your Arsenal]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Tools of Destruction]]'', easily the most well-known and iconic example in the series.

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** Metropolis from ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 Ratchet & Clank]]'', ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal Up Your Arsenal]]'' and Arsenal]]'', ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Tools of Destruction]]'', ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFullFrontalAssault Full Frontal Assault]]'' via DLC and the [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2016 2016 game]]/[[WesternAnimation/RatchetAndClank movie]] as Aleero City. It's easily the most well-known and iconic example in the series.series, and not just through repetition.


* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'' has New Donk City, capital of the Metro Kingdom, that is heavily based on 1930s New York City.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'' has New Donk City, capital of the Metro Kingdom, that is heavily based on 1930s New York City.
City. The city itself appears to be [[LayeredMetropolis on top of an even larger skyscraper]].



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* In ''WesternAnimation/KongKingOfTheApes'', when Kong is being given a medal by the UN, New York is shown as almost entirely mile-high glass skyscrapers. As a MythologyGag, when Kong is swinging through the buildings, his friends point out the relatively small Empire State Building, far below them.


In a fictional and futuristic world, there is a certain way to show a city's prosperity and ambition: build it ''high''. The city will contain nothing but buildings that dwarf the [[UsefulNotes/{{Dubai}} Burj Khalifa]]. The issue of these towers' financial cost, environmental impact or mere usefulness will never be brought up. Nor will be the question of ''how many people'' the city has to need such huge buildings. There are freaking big towers everywhere, that means you are in an [[ConspicuousConsumption absurdly rich city]], that's all you need to know.

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In a fictional and futuristic world, there is a certain way to show a city's prosperity and ambition: build it ''high''. The city will contain almost or even '''literally''' nothing but buildings that dwarf the [[UsefulNotes/{{Dubai}} Burj Khalifa]]. The issue of these towers' financial cost, environmental impact or mere usefulness will never be brought up. Nor will be the question of ''how many people'' the city has to need such huge buildings. There are freaking big towers everywhere, that means you are in an [[ConspicuousConsumption absurdly rich city]], that's all you need to know.


* Aeropolis in ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} GX''.

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* Aeropolis in ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} ''VideoGame/FZero GX''.


* The most developed cities often end up [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_with_most_skyscrapers having a rather high ratio of tall buildings to land area]], although most would be puny in a typical sci-fi setting.

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* The most developed cities often end up [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_with_most_skyscrapers org/wiki/List_of_cities_with_the_most_skyscrapers having a rather high ratio of tall buildings to land area]], although most would be puny in a typical sci-fi setting.

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