Where Do You Want to Live?

Twitter user @PekingMike reminded me of an interesting sign I saw back in 2007 in Tianjin, China. Back in 2011, he co-wrote an article for Bloomberg about a ridiculous real estate project in the city that was to be a replica of Manhattan. Like many real estate developments in China today, it’s mostly an empty shell–plenty of investors buy multiple apartments that sit empty for years (I met a landlord in Shenzhen who bragged about owning at least a dozen apartments in the city).

You don't need to live on the mountain to get high in Tianjin
You don’t need to live on the mountain to get high in Tianjin

I’m not sure if this is the same project, but the Chinese does translate to New York Center. I really don’t understand what point they were trying to make with the English slogan.

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