The Shard under construction in central London on April 25, 2012. - 

And this final note.

You've heard that phrase, the curse of the skyscraper? Y'know, the idea that when a city builds some spectacularly tall's a harbinger of economic doom for that city? Like the Empire State Building gets completed and bam -- the Great Depression hits.

Well, tomorrow, The Shard will officially open in London. It's the tallest building in Europe at over a thousand feet high. With Britain's double-dip recession and now the Barclays scandal, looks like that skyscraper curse is the real thing.

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