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Standing up for car-free development in Boston

Architect and builder Sebastian Mariscal offered Allston a building that seemed tailored for the neighborhood. He wanted to create all the benefits that flow from new development, like much-needed housing, new green space, and community-oriented retail, without the impacts that normally come hand-in-hand with new development. Mariscal would pull off this trick by skipping the most contentious aspect of any Boston development — parking. His proposed 44-unit apartment complex on North Beacon Street would have included a half-dozen parking spots for car-sharing rentals, but wouldn’t include any parking for Mariscal’s residents. This was, he said, because his residents wouldn’t own any cars.

Unofficially, Mariscal is still working toward constructing a car-free Allston building. It’s just that, to do so, he’ll have to build 35 parking spaces to accommodate the cars his tenants won’t own.

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