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    New Tallest in Boston?

    Menino calls for new downtown skyscraper to eclipse Hancock building
    (Boston Globe)

    Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino today called for construction of the city's tallest building ever -- a 70- or 80- story tower on the site of the existing Winthrop Square parking garage in the downtown Financial District -- to trumpet the city's future.

    "Here, we'll be looking for proposals that symbolize the full scope of this city's greatness," Menino told the city's business community today, in a speech to the 74th annual meeting of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, delivered at the Seaport Hotel on the South Boston Waterfront.

    "We will insist on bold vision and world-class architecture," Menino said of the tower envisioned by City Hall planners. In a rendering of the city's skyline, the tower extended with two spires high above the city's other tallest structures downtown, the 46-story One International Place building and One Financial Center.
    Boston.com

    For those who follow new development in Boston this very big (and great) news. Truly exciting stuff. Let's hope that it stays true to the current vision.
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    Menino is a bumbling fool who is often justly criticized for having no broad vision. This is just another fanciful proposal that will never be built. Just like the tower over the tracks at South Station, that was supposed to provide the all important link between the rail station and bus terminal above.

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    Quote Originally posted by jmello
    Menino is a bumbling fool who is often justly criticized for having no broad vision. This is just another fanciful proposal that will never be built. Just like the tower over the tracks at South Station, that was supposed to provide the all important link between the rail station and bus terminal above.
    Well, that's true enough about Menino, but I think there is a big difference between this project and SST. This project doesn't require messing with landmark building, doesn't have to be built over a very busy terminal, and doesn't (as far as I know) sit in any flight paths. Also this project replaces a major eyesore, sits in the heart of the financial district, as opposed to the outskirts like SST. This building will be about as far away from any residential neighborhood as you can get in Boston so NIMBY pressure will be a little more scattered.
    With all that said, there is no way this thing will hit 80 stories. There will be NIMBY groups of some sort. Other property owners who don't want to see that kind of downward pressure on their class A space, and the People Against the Unethical Advancement of Shadows will make their voices heard. But something will be built there. Nobody will miss that parking garage.
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    IMO a building of this size would dwarf others and ruin the neat, relatively modest skyline that exists in this area. I like how the taller buildings are located in the Back Bay.

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    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller
    IMO a building of this size would dwarf others and ruin the neat, relatively modest skyline that exists in this area. I like how the taller buildings are located in the Back Bay.
    Not if it's done right. Here is the BRA's rendering.

    Now try to imaging it with a more tapered top and/or a spire. It will create a nice 'hill' like skyline. Hopefully they won't build anything nearly that boxy.
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    Gee, that is pretty

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    Looks like a mini-greenish version of the Hancock Building.
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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner
    Looks like a mini-greenish version of the Hancock Building.
    I am guessing that you are referring to the Hancock Building in Chi-town not the one in Boston. This building will be higher than the Boston version, which is only 60 stories.

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