Paul McMorrow’s July 24 op-ed “Low zoning cuffs Boston’s ambitions” (July 24, 2013) captures the essence of Boston’s inability to accept height and density as the means to lower the cost of living in Boston.
Density and height are not only good. They are necessary. There are two components to the cost of new construction: the price of land and the cost of building. Boston ranks third and second, respectively, nationally in these costs.
Developers will only build if they are allowed the height and density to produce sufficient income-producing square footage necessary for a return on those costs.
Height is good. In appropriate locations and applied consistently to all developers, height and density lower the price of living while adding excitement to Boston’s truncated skyline.
The iconic building of Boston, the Hancock Tower, is its tallest. I haven’t heard any complaints in Copley Square.