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Big-ass skyscraper could be in the works for area near North Washington Street Bridge

Banker & Tradesman reports a Newton developer is considering building a 700-foot-tall tower at the corner of North Washington and Causeway streets. No plans filed with the BPDA yet.

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Banker & Tradesman link goes to the map

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It’s going to cast a giant shadow over the North end ,and the commercial street area.

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Link works now; I once again failed to hit the Control or the C hard enough when copying the link.

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Will there be affordable housing?

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how many life-sciences labs will there be ?

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The life sciences labs will provide affordable housing for many cultures.

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Affordable housing advocates could be much more effective if they focused on areas of the city that aren't the absolute most expensive. It's always, "Will this building in the most expensive part of the city have a $1 million subsidy attached to each residential unit? If not, I'm against it!"

Come on, now.

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Developers know going in they're going to have to set aside resources for affordable housing. It doesn't have to be in the building they're putting up, but they can make a payment to a BPDA fund (equivalent to what would be the minimum 13% of units plus something extra) for housing in a less expensive building nearby.

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Affordable lab micro studio apartment tenants will enjoy fresh litter service and a communal exercise wheel.

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Instead of always getting developers constantly doing an end run around publicly created guidelines, offering false promises that they back out of?

This is trying to drop the prudential tower into a densely populated residential area, add incredible wind sheers, cast shadows over THOUSANDS of homes, and encroach further and etch away at some of the last remaining downtowns areas with Boston character.

Additionally, just as the Hancock creates nightmares for neighbors on full, this could raise real issues.

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When the dollar does not dictate what gets done in America. If nobody makes money on it, it doesn't get done, or is done half-heartedly. It hasn't always been this bad, but the Reagan Greed Movement started a long slide into our current state.

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I’m sympathetic to your general argument but when we’re literally hundreds of thousands of housing units short in the greater Boston area, shadows should take precedent over housing for human beings. If you live in a city, you cannot expect that no changes will ever occur around the area you live in.

NIMBYism makes sense in a vacuum but is just terrible public policy. At best, NIMBYism is naive. At worst it’s elitist and reinforces segregation. If we can’t build any housing here that would cast a shadow then where can we?

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Computer generated nonsense.

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700 foot towers are not a cost-effective way to increase the housing supply. They're trophies for the rich.

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...maybe the Orange Line will be fixed in time for the ribbon-cutting.

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All I can think of is Family Feud. The Developer Family desperately shouting marketing-brochure tropes to Steve Harvey, and Steve checks the board for each in turn...

show me "Easy access to Charlestown via North Washington St Bridge"! X!

show me "Convenient transit access to the Orange Line"! XX!!

show me "Haymarket & Government Center"! XXX!!!

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I keep seeing this big fat bare ass sticking up in the sky like some Jeff Koons million dollar arts foundation rip off.

Don’t do this to me!

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