Well, I should have known that sooner - that's not just any tower.

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For a couple of years now I've been saying this image of a high-rise on the back of three 3rd dollar notes is just a "modern high-rise" and that it was paired with the Great Zimbabwe ruins as some kind of past / future, old / new, "progress while honoring the past dichotomy. And that may be true... but what I didn't know until today is that isn't just any building. That is the Reserve Bank Tower... home of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, finished in 1997.

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For a long time now I've been thinking that there had to be some significance to that building - you don't feature just any old tower on your banknotes... but I could never figure out what it was. Then today I just randomly see a picture of it with the caption "Reserve Bank Tower" while looking for something else online - trying to find the origins for the word "Harare."

Now I can get all sorts of trivia on it.

It is 393.70 ft tall or 120 meters.

Has 28 above ground floors.

Construction started in 1993.

The style is Postmodernism.

It's address is 80 Samora Machel Avenue.

 

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Hmm, Harare is a much larger city than I was thinking. Google Earth shows that they have urban sprawl down to a science and it looks like the northside was maybe developed first, or that's where the upper class is and the southside newer and/or poorer. That's just me drawing conclusions based off of the images.

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On 12/11/2021 at 7:42 AM, Fenntucky Mike said:

Hmm, Harare is a much larger city than I was thinking. Google Earth shows that they have urban sprawl down to a science and it looks like the northside was maybe developed first, or that's where the upper class is and the southside newer and/or poorer. That's just me drawing conclusions based off of the images.

Last I checked the poverty rate was like 80-90% even now and it's basically a kleptocracy. lol I guess it's good to be the king. Always has been and always will be.

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