How do you imagine the city of the future? Sprawling ribbon development and denuded slopes everywhere?
No, probably you see an emerald metropolis rising into the sky with self-energizing, green skyscrapers. Economical, efficient mass transportation. Less driving around looking for overpriced gas. Less getting pulled over for driving after enjoying dinner and drinks.
Yet, another investor has been turned away because his buildings are “too tall”? I beseech our local representatives to rethink. If we build vertically, we have a chance at leaving some of our slopes in their present pristine condition. And, if we stipulate that these tall buildings are solar, green and efficient, everyone benefits—both business and environment.
Why are we still voting for low-rise sprawl?
— Tom Coppola