“Inserting a tall building into a neighborhood of mostly two- to six-story buildings is a recipe for conflict. Where some see revitalization and an expanded tax base, others see architectural Armageddon: loss of human scale, more traffic and parking headaches, dark shadows on the streets.

But what if the lanky newcomer is shapely, not hulking?

What if it re-energizes a sagging business district and contributes to the long-term health of a neighborhood?”

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