The young Donald J. Trump had his first shot at the real estate business in 1976 when he purchased the old Commodore Hotel on 42nd Street, adjacent to Grand Central Terminal, in New York City. From a negotiation overseen by attorney Roy Cohn (who became famous during Sen. Joseph McCarthy's investigations into Communist activity during the Second Red Scare) and connections made by his father and developer Fred Trump, Donald secured a 40-year tax abatement.
By 1980, the hotel's interiors had been completely renovated and modernized, and given a sheath of reflective glass on its exterior, and eventually dubbed the Grand Hyatt. To date, the project has cost the city $360 million. This was just the beginning of a career that architectural writers such as Michael Sorkin, Ada Louise Huxtable, Herbert Muschamp, and William Menking have all criticized in various degrees—from condescending to downright scathing.
But it's not the aesthetics of his projects that are arguably the most offensive from his career, it's the civic irresponsibility. As evidenced from this Belmont Freeman's piece in Places Journal, measures taken by Trump have not only spoken to his business ethics, but his character.
Read the piece about Trump's career in development on Places Journal.