The choice of Bonn city as capital of the Federal republic (1949) in no way undermined Frankfurt's role as the think-tank of German economy, but rather prodded it toward further perfection and evolution. The skyscraper architecture of the central area, which is highly reminiscent of North America, creates a striking parallel to the skyrocketing pace of national economy, and it bears a powerful symbolic meaning, placing Frankfurt high above other large European cities. There are common names to some high-rise buildings, such as 'Bankfurt' and 'Mainhatan'. The 984-foot Commerzbank (300m) is one of the most stunning achievements of modern European architecture, as it also features a unique internal ventilation system. These breathtaking towers were erected in place of old-style buildings that were razed to the ground during World War I. Luckily, the war didn't take everything. Besides, some buildings have been reconstructed in such a way as to bring back the old town image. This is true of the Romer (since 1405 – the city hall) and the cathedral, on the Romerberg.
Frankfurt has a large airport, which is, in terms of workload, only second to London Heathrow. Being a major automobile and rail road junction, Frankfurt is viewed as one of the world's largest transportation and communication centers. Besides numerous commercial institutions, it houses a great deal of mass media companies and those dealing in public relations. Some of these companies are the brick and mortar of Germany's publishing industry. This is actually a place, where, as Arthur Schopenhauer said, back in 1843, 'you see and hear what's going on in the world'.
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