^ Sure ain't what it used to be when the Empire State Building was built in less than a year. These days it can take the better part of a decade to get something just approved and agreed upon. Look at the World Trade Center and Atlantic Yards fiascos for just two examples.
Too many people have to agree or at least compromise.
Too many procedures to go through and reports to issue.
Too many regulations based on too many questionable theories treated as truth incarnate.
Too many lawsuits and threats of suits.
It's like the last years of the Chinese Empire.