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Car-free housing in Boston would create problems

Car-free condos and apartments, the latest fad in residential living, are really little more than a gimmick: good for greens and developers, perhaps, but bad for residents.

City planners usually insist that developers of residential housing also build an allotment of parking spots — perhaps 50 for every 100 units. But doing so, says the anti-car crowd, just encourages people to own automobiles, and you know what that brings: congestion and pollution. So instead they want to emulate Manhattan, where residential buildings rarely include new parking. Thus, real estate developer Related Beal LLC is now proposing to create 175 units near TD Garden without adding in any new spots.

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