What The Height Limits Debate Is Really About
It seems to me that the debate among new urbanist/smart growth types about height limits for office buildings* is really about one question: if businesses can't find enough office space in a low-rise business district, will they:
1. move a few blocks away, thus improving a neighborhood adjacent to downtown?
2. move to a suburb with more lenient height restrictions or cheaper land?
This story is strong, but anecdotal, evidence for view 2.
*I emphasize office buildings because, except in a couple of the largest American cities, the tallest buildings tend to be commercial rather than residential.
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