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Spire Sagas

The travails of the Chicago Spire project, a twisty 2,000-foot tower designed by starchitect Santiago Calatrava, have neatly paralleled the country's recession. Effusively celebrated after its proposal in 2005, consigned to the arrested development column in 2008, the Spire was reanimated recently after Related Midwest swept in to acquire the project's debt. But in Chicago's current architectural and economic climate, can Calatrava's Spire still be built? And, more importantly, should it? [Curbed National]