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Boston could be car-free, it’s how people actually live

Boston developers build buildings for the 1970s. This is because city officials haven’t yet found the political appetite to permit buildings that recognize the way 21st-century cities function. City Hall had a chance to embrace the present last spring, when it fielded a proposal to construct a parking-free apartment building, but it punted the opportunity away. Now, it’s getting a do-over.

It used to be that the only way to get suburbanites to move downtown was to sell them what they were used to. That’s why urban renewal-era housing towers in the West End and along the waterfront came paired with mammoth parking garages and a gated-community atmosphere. The cost of repopulating the downtown was the creation of suburban-style urban communities.

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