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. 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. The term has also gained usage as a buzzword for recent high-density developments in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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. "Sanhattan" has been used as a portmanteau to describe the developed cluster of skyscrapers in Santiago, Chile. Other examples are the cities of Madrid and Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Spain.
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