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Above all, Greenway development must fit into city fabric

If you put aside the issues of personality that dominated Joan Vennochi’s recent column “City soars — for some” (Op-ed, Sept. 19), there is a clear rationale for smaller buildings on the site of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway garage owned by the Chiofaro Company.

Two different Boston Redevelopment Authority planning tools — the Greenway guidelines and the high-spine concept — recognize the fact that tall buildings are inherently part of a city’s fabric. However, these buildings need to be located in places where they do not literally or figuratively overshadow other valued aspects of a city’s infrastructure.

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The Greenway guidelines in particular were carefully researched, developed as part of a collaborative community-city-planner process, and reflect a thoughtful, comprehensive approach to policy.

Though a new mayor may wish to demonstrate a clear break from our current leadership, the Greenway guidelines provide a well-defined blueprint for smart development along our vital harborfront.

Judy Neiswander

Advocacy coordinator

Boston Preservation Alliance


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