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The island of Manhattan in New York City, USA, from which the term is derived.
Manhattanization took place in Miami's Downtown and Brickell neighborhoods, during the building boom of the mid-2000s that ended in 2007 with the subprime mortgage crisis.

Manhattanization is a neologism coined to describe the construction of many tall or densely situated buildings which transforms the appearance and character of a city.[1] It was a pejorative word used by critics of the highrise buildings built in San Francisco during the 1960s and 1970s, who claimed the skyscrapers would block views of the bay and the surrounding hills.[2] The term has also gained usage as a buzzword for recent high-density developments in Las Vegas, Nevada.[3][4]

The term "Manhattanization" has been used to describe the 2003-2008 boom of real estate developments in Miami, that brought the construction of more than 50 high rise buildings throughout the city.[5][6] "Sanhattan" has been used as a portmanteau to describe the developed cluster of skyscrapers in Santiago, Chile.[7] Another example is the 2007-present construction boom in Toronto.[8]

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  1. ^ manhattanize - Definitions from
  2. ^ "Skyscrapers Soaring in San Francisco". Washington Post. June 29, 1969. 
  3. ^ Smith, Hubble (28 May 2010). "Problems continue in high-rise condo market". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Las Vegas High Rise Condo Magazine - High Rise, Midrise, and Loft Projects
  5. ^ "The Manhattanization of Miami". Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  6. ^ "Miami's Manhattanization". Archived from the original on 2006-06-20. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  7. ^ ""Sanhattan" Symbolizes New Chile". Millward Brown. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ Natalie Alcoba. Toronto’s ‘Manhattanization’: Downtown development growing at ‘mind blowing’ rate . National Post. August 27, 2014

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