0 Boston Skyline Ready for Vertical Growth

Will the Boston skyline elect to push heights in the upcoming years?

Boston real estate comparison

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From Bisnow:

“Going higher is a fix to a lot of different things, from the housing shortage to taking the heavy load off the freeways into our city,” Perry Brokerage Director of Intelligence Brendan Carroll said.

Despite claims it has reached peak prices, Boston is still the third-most expensive city in the U.S. to rent. It has a cost of living nearly 40% higher than the national average, and low supply is keeping prices high. Cities around the world are in similar situations and have taken to building up as a way out of housing crunches.

0 New Boston Skyscrapers will Make — or Brake — the Skyline

Copley square office buildings in Boston

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The greater Boston audience has an opinion about just about anything, including our skyline. This poses a challenge to Boston’s strongest developers and architects to reshape our city into something elegant, energizing, and functional.

From the Boston Globe:

No matter how elegantly they may be paved or planted, urban plazas are boring, windy, and little used, especially in weather like ours. The Prudential, back before its Arctic plazas were filled in with shopping arcades, was a good example. The Federal Reserve Bank, next to South Station, is another. It’s a handsome, eloquent Diva tower behind a plaza that has the charm of a recently abandoned battlefield.

As far as the public is concerned, cities aren’t made of buildings and plazas, anyway. Cities are made of streets and parks. From the point of view of urban design, the buildings are there to shape those public spaces and feed them with energy.

0 Government Center Development Would Reshape Skyline

Court Street office space in government center Will the architecture in the 1960’s era of Government Center move to the wrecking ball?  Yes, it seems that the Government Center Garage will be replaced with a new mixed use development.

According to Banker and Tradesman, “the Government Center proposal includes six buildings varying in height from 600 to 60 feet. Once the proposed project is complete, the garage, sitting on approximately 4.8 acres, would be transformed into a mix of 771 apartments and condos, 1.3 million square feet of office space, 82,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space and 204 hotel rooms.”

Office rents are up and supply is down; residential housing is commanding strong numbers on both the sale and lease fronts. Now is the time.

You can view the full B&T article, here

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