BEST HYPE

Trump Tower

A new high-rise gets announced in these parts about twice a week, and usually generates ample coverage in the local dailies, sometimes on A-1, sometimes in the business section. But let The Donald bless Tampa by choosing it for another one of his Towers and, by golly, don’t folks get the vapors? The Times and Tribune wrote dozens of stories about the proposed project, discussing its business, social, cultural, political, artistic, anthropological and vertical ramifications. All this with the building a long way from breaking ground, and the developers with plenty of hoops left to jump through. If Tampa Bay needs the imprimatur of Trump to feel Big Time, well, that’s a shame.

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