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11:51 AM, Apr 8, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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The economy is not seamless and as all have known for some time now it is better to be where taxes are low and unions are scarce.  Consider this recent example, as reported by Michelle R. Smith of the AP:

Rhode Island's tallest building will soon be its most visible symbol of the state's long economic decline ... No one is moving in, and the building, the most distinctive feature on the Providence skyline, will no longer be fully illuminated at night, if at all, its owner says. It's a blow for the city and the state, which had 9.4 percent unemployment in February and has had one of the worst jobless rates in the nation for years.

In Texas, meanwhile, tall buildings are going up on ground that had been habitat for only rattlesnakes and armadillos.  As Russell Gold writes in Wall Street Journal:

Midland officials are welcoming plans to erect a 53-story skyscraper that would be more than twice the height of the tallest building in this city and rank as the sixth tallest in all of Texas. Midland, a city 300 miles west of Dallas with a population of 111,000 people, is growing quickly as companies bring in employees to drill new oil wells in the Permian, where technological advances including fracking are freeing up huge amounts of oil. Office space and housing are hard to come by.

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