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Rahm Emanuel Is Super Mad About Chicago Being Dwarfed By New York City

"If it looks like an antenna, acts like an antenna, then guess what? It is an antenna."

Posted on November 12, 2013, at 5:31 p.m. ET

On Tuesday, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a Chicago-based council on buildings announced that when One World Trade Center is completed next year, it will be the tallest building in North America.

Mike Segar / Reuters

The CTBUH said since the spire on top of One World Trade Center is a permanent feature of the building and has no communications equipment, it is not considered an antenna and so it is considered the top of the building.

Mike Segar / Reuters

This makes it taller than Chicago's Willis Tower.

This attracted some critics, notably Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel who railed against the decision.

Audio via KOH-AM / Via chicagotribune.com

"I just saw the decision. And I would just say to all the experts gathered in one room, if it looks like an antenna, acts like an antenna, then guess what? It is an antenna. That's number one, the Chicago Mayor said. I think (with) the Willis Tower you will have a view that's unprecedented in its beauty, its landscape and its capacity to capture something. Something you can't do from an antenna. Not that I'm competitive. So for all those who want to climb on top of an antenna and take a look, go ahead. I would suggest stay indoors and take a look."

The decision also attracted a bit of New York gloating. Here's New York City Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson.

Great day to visit US's 2nd tallest bldg You can see a long way from the top of the Willis Bldg - but not far enough

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Great day to visit US's 2nd tallest bldg You can see a long way from the top of the Willis Bldg - but not far enough

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