The China Daily has issued a damning verdict on the construction of the new 632 meter Shanghai Tower — soon to be China’s tallest skyscraper. It says that with the new tower, “blind worship and race for skyscrapers has reached a new high” and that the 121 storey tower will be a “milestone in turning Shanghai into a less pleasant concrete jungle”. The opinion piece (God knows who it was written by as no byline was supplied) then sought to substantiate with a litany of reasons why the Shanghai Tower would be a bad idea: (1) Shanghai is sinking, and a new skyscraper isn’t going to help; (2) Traffic in Lujiazui is congested enough and a new building is going to make rush hours all the more “nightmarish”; (3) The “urban heat island effect” is going to make Shanghai feel even more like a sauna in summers; (4) Skyscrapers are vulnerable to attacks and disasters; (5) The economic risk of building the Shanghai Tower will be shared by various state-owned enterprises and the money could be “better spent elsewhere”; (6) Shanghai should instead save its old buildings from demolition; (7) Shanghai’s public transportation sucks. Why not spend more money there? (8) It also has the fastest graying population in China and should build more facilities to cater to the elderly. In conclusion, China Daily judged super skyscrapers like the Shanghai Tower to be “not a priority for Shanghai” and that it “could cause more harm than add to its glamor”. Such words of wisdom.