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I have always wondered... what does one do if a fire breaks out on say, several of the top 1/4 floors? Pull a 9/11 swan dive? Never understood city dwellers or those who live in such buildings. What do I know, living in the mountains of Virginia?
Oh, the more risky element is that many who can afford to live at such heights don't have the physical health or stamina to run down the stairs in an emergency.
I lived in a modest (30 floor) high rise in Honolulu, it was interesting one morning when a distant Big Island earthquake caused the building to sway. Enough to wake me and cause me to jump up and dress. I then contemplated the dangers of being caught in the stairwell or riding the upper floor I was on down. In the end, just a tremor.
But the day the lights went out across the island was eye-opening to many. I had trained to be able to climb the 28 stories, but many residents were unable to reach their apartments if they left.
Ironic, I guess with so many who live in places with lots of high rise residences being anti-fossil fuel, but the high rise is very dependent upon a good, reliable energy source to be viable.
Because they are residential, you can only go so deep. That type of construction is less than efficient (which is why office towers are way more boxy). Of course, it is not like you can open the windows that high up. You do get a hell of a view. Call me crazy, I would rather be closer to the street.
Evi L. Bloggerlady