How Skyscrapers Can Save the City

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Besides making cities more affordable and architecturally interesting, tall buildings are greener than sprawl, and they foster social capital and creativity. Yet some urban planners and preservationists seem to have a misplaced fear of heights that yields damaging restrictions on how tall a building can be. From New York to Paris to Mumbai, there’s a powerful case for building up, not out.

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One thought on “How Skyscrapers Can Save the City

  1. I read this article in The Atlantic, and came away very surprised at the author’s conclusions.

    At one point, he seems to say that a half-million dollar apartment is reasonable or sustainable: “for ordinary skyscrapers, it doesn’t cost more than $500,000 to put up a nice 1,200-square-foot apartment”

    Later, he dings Mumbai for building policies which he says lead to an average 50-minute commute. Coming from New York, I’d say a 50-minute commute is pretty good!

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