Boston's Skyscraper Plans May Face A Haircut

Posted: Jun. 26th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

With any new wave of construction comes concern for maintaining the city's aura and facade, and nowhere is this more true than in Boston where a new ordinance may set a limit on the height of new buildings, effectively putting a stop to the steady rise of ever taller constructions.

There is a building boom going on in the Boston area, and that is certainly good news for the local economy.

But as the buildings get taller, the shadows they cast get longer. The loss of sunlight doesn’t make everyone happy, however.

Howard Kassler of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay worries how shadows could harm public spaces. One morning he pointed out how half of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square was in the dark.

Standing in Copley Square, Kassler said “Once you start lining this area with skyscrapers, it totally changes the picture.”


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