The opening of world's tallest buildings very often coincided with financial crisis at the places they were build. These buildings are physical representations of financial hubris in the country or city that decided to have them. Lots of easy money (credit) flows when they decide to build them and by the time they are finished, the bubble bursts and boom turns bust. One good example is Petronas Twin Towers. When they were completed in 1998, Malaysia was in the throes of the Asian Crisis. The opening of The Empire State Building coincided with the Great Depression[Link] and was vacant for many years. Very often when planned, these buildings look viable in booming economies but when they open, they become losers.