Tuesday, February 15, 2011

How Skyscrapers Can Save the City

Ed Glaeser, one of the nation's preeminent urban economists, has a new piece in The Atlantic on the importance of encouraging tall buildings:

Besides making cities more affordable and architecturally interesting, tall buildings are greener than sprawl, and they foster social capital and creativity. Yet some urban planners and preservationists seem to have a misplaced fear of heights that yields damaging restrictions on how tall a building can be. From New York to Paris to Mumbai, there’s a powerful case for building up, not out.

Property Profs, especially those with a land use focus, might find Glaeser's acadmic work of interest.

Steve Clowney

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