One of the news stories this week had to do with the possible sale of certain NYC landmarks to foreign buyers. The big one: reports that Abu Dhabi might buy the iconic Chrysler building. Some will freak out, but as long as Abu Dhabi doesn't pack the building onto trucks and ship it back home, it's really no big deal. Again, if they do ship it back home, that'll obviously leave a gaping hole in the skyline, so that'd suck big time.
The other one is the possible sale of the Flatiron building to an Italian investor. This one really is an outrage: It's a product of decades-old piss-poor olive oil policy. We need a sensible policy now towards a sustainable olive-oil future, or else the Italians (and the Spaniards) will soon own half of Manhattan Island through the cash we send overseas!! McCain, Obama, are you listening?