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Los Angeles leaves the flat-roof society

Los Angeles leaves the flat-roof society

Think of the nation’s most impressive skylines. New York City has Art Deco points atop the Empire State and Chrysler buildings and the spire capping the new One World Trade Center tower. Besides the soaring Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears tower), Chicago’s skyscrapers are capped with pyramids and diamonds. Even the array of buildings in Dallas – Dallas?! –  is more eye-catching than Los Angeles’ bland skyline that is mostly a bunch of tall rectangles with flat tops.

But no more. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the city has finally ended its longstanding requirement to build only flat roofs on skyscrapers, which clears the way for new buildings topped by...