(photo by Lee Bey)
It's not that I hadn't been aware of the building. I had been. Acutely so. I was part of untold early design meetings about Trump Tower when I was deputy chief of staff to Mayor Daley in the early 2000s. And then I worked for SOM, designers of the tower, after leaving the mayor's office and was an in-house adviser on the project. While at SOM, I was there with Donald Trump, Bill Rancic and seemingly half the world in 2004 when the wrecking crew took the first swings the building that previously occupied the site--the old Chicago Sun-Times building where previously I'd spent almost 9 years as a journalist. Believe me: I was all too aware.