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Chicago Spire creator Santiago Calatrava isn’t just a world-renowned architect-he is an artiste. The buildings he designs are incredible feats of form and structure, often more like sculpture than places for people to live. Even if no one ever lived in them, they would be an asset to the cities in which they have been erected. People would come from around the world just to see what he had done. But people do want to live in them. To say that one lives in a Calatrava, like the Chicago Spire, is to say one has finally arrived.

Calatrava is the lead architect and engineer behind the Chicago Spire, which is set to be the tallest building in the U.S., to be located at 420 East North Water Street and 400 North Lake Shore Drive. At 2,000 feet, this building is going to be a supertower. Some people call the Chicago Spire simply a “statue.” They say this as though it is a bad thing. Perhaps they think that highrises should be ugly.

Why shouldn’t a highrise like the Chicago Spire be the result of artistic inspiration, as this one has? Calatrava himself compares the shape of the Chicago Spire to that of a column of smoke from a Native American campfire.

Calatrava is a superstar among architects. That means living in a building like the Chicago Spire carries with it a great deal of prestige. After all, this is the man who designed the Milwaukee Art Museum.

The Chicago Spire is an environment-altering structure, an attraction in its own right. Never mind that people will pay good money to live there-people will come from miles around, perhaps even from other countries, simply to see it. After all, how many buildings have you ever seen that twists like a giant unicorn’s horn? How many buildings can be called the “hottest project in Chicago”?

The Chicago Spire has been the hottest project in Chicago since the plans were first unveiled. At that time, eight hundred people contacted developers to ask about reserving condos for themselves. June 2007 is when groundbreaking should begin. The building is set to be finished in 2010.

It is an interesting fact that Shelbourne Development Group, Inc., has been busy making sure that this building will not have an adverse effect on traffic patterns. The Chicago Spire represents a lot of new people moving into, through and around the neighborhood, with cars. But Shelbourne thought of that right from the beginning. Their plan is to use Lower Lake Shore Drive to feed traffic to the building, to keep traffic flowing smoothly. They have taken a holistic approach to the project.

Even bird rescue groups like the Chicago Spire. They like it because it is tall and thin, instead of wide and squat. A thin shape, they say, has less of an impact on migration. Originally, two wide towers were slated to be built in that spot. This one, the bird rescue groups say, is much better.

Speaking of a holistic approach, the Chicago Spire developers really have thought of everything. They know that a building’s surroundings are at least as important as the building itself, and so they are developing a nearby abandoned lot as well, turning it into a park for walkers and cyclers and joggers and other types of park-goers. But they haven’t stopped at that. There are also plans for a circular plaza and five-story glass atrium.

The actual units in the Chicago Spire are going to be spacious homes for people who like to live in luxurious style. You will have plenty of space to host gatherings or to raise growing families. After all, you will be living in the world’s largest condo highrise. You should have plenty of space. There was less living space in the original version of the Chicago Spire, but this version, which provides 3 million square feet of livable space, is a vast improvement, especially since it includes seven stories of underground parking and a bridge from the building to a nearby bike path. There will also be plenty of elevators to get you home.

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Paula Cherrist enjoys writing about Chicago real estate for Best Chicago Condos and Chicago Condo Directory

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In an effort to offer WKA members exclusive benefits such as a chance to be part of the motor sports industry if they so desire, Mazda allies with World Karting Association (WKA).

Mazda’s support to the WKA will be comprised of traditional sponsorship funding for prize money, operating costs, and exclusive benefits such as the business-partner pricing on new Mazda cars for the members of WKA.

In a statement, WKA President Randy Kugler said that WKA welcomes Mazda as their newest promotional partner. He further said that it is only natural that they become part of the WKA team because Mazda has imperatives to motor sports; and what is so good in this partnership is that the WKA members will benefit from the offers of Mazda. Each WKA member will have the chance to participate in the S-Plan. This plan offers sufficient savings in the form of discounts on the purchase of Mazda auto mobiles. The WKA president anticipates to a brilliant and exciting partnership with Mazda.

For the past 10 years, Mazda has been the favorite brand of road racers across North America. More than 9,000 proletarian racers compete in various classes with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). And because of the partnership of Mazda and KWA, the children of the KWA members, though they are still several years away from getting their driver’s license, are already welcomed in the motor sports industry through the Mazda family.

The Mazda Manager of Motor Sports Team Development by the name of John Doonan said that their company is built to develop the future generation of racers with a comprehensive motor sports ladder system which provides drivers with Mazda and Mazda-powered open and closed-wheel cars throughout their careers as racers. He further said that with such karting initiative, they can now link with an even larger crowd and younger race enthusiasts. Through this, their company can also widely introduce the full range of Mazda products and give their clients the opportunity to make one step forward to the motor sports world.

Through an estimated number of 900 dealers, Mazda North American Operations inspects the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Its headquarters is located in Irvine, Calif.

About Mazda Motor Corporation A Japanese auto mobile manufacturer, Mazda Motor Corporation is based in Hiroshima, Japan. With sales divided among Japan, Europe and North America, the company is expected to manufacture 1.25 million vehicles per annum. Thirty three point four (33.4) percent of the company is owned according to controlling interest by Ford Motor Company.

The company’s name is derived from the transcendental God of Zoroastrianism, Ahura Mazda. It is also believed that Mazda coincides with the anglicized pronunciation of Zoroastrianism founder’s name, Jujiro Matsuda, and opted to rename it in honor of both his family and the believers of Zoroastrianism. In the Avestan language, Mazda means “wisdom”. Nonetheless, because the company is from Japan, the name has always been pronounced and spelled as “Matsuda”. This leads the public to believe that “Mazda” is just an anglicized version of the founder.

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About World Karting Association (WKA) Organized in 1971, the World Karting Association (WKA) has the aim to regulate and promote the sport of competitive kart racing. It is owned by its members, and is a non-profit organization. They set standards by establishing rules and procedures that would confirm tracks and conduct yearly championships for various types of kart racing. All over the United States, the WKA has more than 10,000 active members and 120 approved tracks. This is what makes it the largest sanctioning body for kart racing in the entire country and belong to largest sanctioning body in the world.

Not considering the age, experience or budget of any aspiring driver, the WKA offers karting class for anyone. The WKA believes that there is no other better way to introduce oneself into the field of motor sports than to join their organization. They offer an excellent, safe, economical and fun entry level for racing.

About the Author

Kraig Johanssen is a native of Connecticut and holds a degree in Software Engineering. He now works at a software development firm in Alabama. His love for writing and great interest on cars makes him a proficient contributing author to various automotive magazines.