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Old 10-29-2013, 09:32 AM
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Hi all,I've been in and around Boston for a long time, but I'm also fairly well-traveled in the U.S. Despite all that, Beantown is easily -- easily -- my favorite city. However, one thing I think it lacks is a tall, skyline-defining skyscraper on the order of Seattle's Columbia Center, L.A.'s U.S. Bank Tower, the new Transbay Tower going up in San Francisco, etc. This isn't to say I don't like Boston's skyline -- I just feel like it's missing that centerpiece.Now, obviously, one of the primary reasons a taller building hasn't been constructed is because of Logan's proximity to downtown. We all know this isn't going to change. However, my question is: could an adept politician (say, a new mayor at some point) negotiate with the FAA for a new height restriction based on specific locations within the city? Boston's urban core along Purchase Street is clearly out, as it lies spread close to the approaches for Logan's Runway 9/27, but what about something in the West End near the Government Center? That doesn't appear to be particularly close to any at-risk approaches (and, from an aesthetic perspective, any building built wouldn't be hanging over houses or anything). Conversely, how about down near the Prudential Building? Could a 1000-foot skyscraper be located there?I'm not saying anything is imminent, of course. While Menino has seemingly warmed a bit to taller building proposals in the last couple of years, I don't see some bigger project happening on his watch. But could a future mayor looking to put their stamp on Boston somehow finagle a new tallest by a wide margin?
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:34 AM
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Hmm. And, as an aside, why is my OP clustered up like that? I keep trying to edit it into paragraphs and it keeps bunching up. o.O
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