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The whole boxy horizontal skyline vs. the increased height will lead to interesting archtiecture is bs. There's no guarantee that another 2-4 story increase in the height limit will make developers do interesting tops. Maybe with setbacks similar to the 1917 zoning in NYC that led to those interesting deco towers, but simply allowing more floors will make for taller boxes, not more interesting ones. Also, any look at a city like Paris or Rome will show that you can have very attractive streets and constant skylines as long as you have architects trained to create beautiful structures. This isn't a call for more style arguments as any style can be rendered beautifully, it's just an acknowledgement that it's not the height limit that impedes beauty, it's the archtiect's imagination.

by Thayer-D on Nov 14, 2012 4:12 pm • linkreport

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