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The blogosphere has parodied North Korean leader Kim Jong Il as being fond of looking at things, but there's one thing that he and leaders of other nations have in common: they all like to look at model cities.
Nate Berg of The Atlantic Cities compiled a collection of 25 leaders of the free and not-so-free world looking at miniature cities:
Whether they're taking credit for a development they likely had nothing to do with or trying to feign interest in a facility they probably don't care about, city models can be a prime minister's (or a president's, or a queen's) best friend. These 25 world leaders and heads of state from today and the recent past show how looking at small-scale models of big city projects can create the impression that they actually have some semblance of control over how their domain is built and developed.
Or, perhaps they like model cities because they're fun! Link