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The Leaning Tower of San Francisco Isn’t Supposed to Be That Way

You don’t necessarily have to live in San Francisco to have heard of the Millennium Tower. Since last year, news reports have been steadily coming out that the 58-story luxury tower is leaning — and it most definitely wasn’t designed to do that. The building has had its headaches since it opened in 2009, and those headaches are only getting worse as the tower continues to lean.

By Victorgrigas (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
How bad has it gotten? Well, this week the Millennium Tower got the 60 Minutes treatment, so that’s never a good sign. The investigative report showed enormous cracks in the basement of the building, and handed out some staggering numbers — the building has already sunk 17 inches into the ground since workers broke ground in 2005, and the building is currently leaning 14 inches to the side. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s enough to make things a little tilted near the top of that 58-story building.

Early buyers of the luxury condo units, including former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana and current San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, are not particularly happy. Some have even sold their units while losing millions, content to write the Millennium Tower off as a lost cause. Well, maybe content isn’t the right word — the lawsuits are many.

The news got us thinking about other leaning towers in the world — accidental or otherwise. Some of them are cool enough to make us start looking up plane tickets!

Here’s one you might recognize…

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