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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 also gained usage as a buzzword for 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 construction boom in Toronto since 2007.[8]

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  1. ^ "Definition of Manhattanize at". Archived from the original on May 7, 2009. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Skyscrapers Soaring in San Francisco". The Washington Post. June 29, 1969. p. H6. The high-rises, said University of California architectural critic Allan Temko, 'cause the hills to lose their impact and they interfere with the view of the bay.' 
  3. ^ Smith, Hubble (May 28, 2010). "Problems continue in high-rise condo market". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ Las Vegas High Rise Condo Magazine - High Rise, Midrise, and Loft Projects
  5. ^ "The Manhattanization of Miami". Archived from the original on August 16, 2009. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Miami's Manhattanization". Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ ""Sanhattan" Symbolizes New Chile". Millward Brown. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ Alcoba, Natalie (August 27, 2014). "Toronto's 'Manhattanization': Downtown development growing at 'mind blowing' rate". National Post. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 

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