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Tower shadows - real issue or debating point?

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis August 5, 2010 07:00 AM

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I live in suburban Natick, so there are not any tower shadows around here to darken my day.

But I have done a heck of a lot of reporting over the years on downtown Boston development, enough to know the shadows cast by a new tower can be a make or break issue.

In fact, the state Legislature back in 1990 even put a law into place decreeing no new building shadows were to be cast on the Boston Common and the Public Garden.

Every time a developer or company proposes building a new tower nearby, local elected officials and neighborhood activists push back by rolling out the old law.

Fair is fair and the business of building a new tower in downtown Boston is not a pursuit for the impatient, arrogant or faint of heart.

But it does make me wonder. Is this really, truly a quality of life issue that matters to most urbanites? Or is this just fodder for the endless battles that take place in Boston between builders and neighborhood activists.

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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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