ruminations about architecture and design

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

and where will we put them?

Some nice looking row houses in Roxbury.

So, Mayor Walsh has made the claim that he will seek to encourage the development of more middle class housing in Boston. I wish him luck, but I'm concerned that the pace of new construction in the city is at top speed already. To increase the rate of construction, the mayor would have to find a way to create incentives for builders at all different scales. He would also have to find a way to encourage institutions of higher ed to build more dorms.

Many Boston neighborhoods are at a high level of density, and the people who live in them are not often eager to allow larger scale buildings. The build-out of the Seaport District is already accounted for. The wastelands south of Melnea Cass Blvd. and west of 93 constitute the most important development district, but I've already decided that the Olympic complex will be place there.

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