Amid the continual flow of evolution and change, however, the tower itself remains, maintaining a strange kind of banking-a-go-go karma. It eventually became the Bank of America tower at International Place; UBS Financial Services is currently a tenant. Both institutions, of course, have had their share of troubles.

Eventually, Paul was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison. He’s out now, living, according to insiders, a quiet life in Miami. Forever onto end, the towering symbol of the power he once wielded stands tall. Every time Paul drives by Pei’s exquisite building, he must, like all of us in this city, pause for a moment and marvel at the arresting beauty mankind can create.

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