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See this related article:The event came at a time in which some have expressed concern that a proposed 28-story tower, which would be constructed nearby on Lake Street, could create shadows on Unity Temple. If constructed, the building, presented by Golub & Company, would become the tallest in the village.
"That building will cast a shadow over Unity Temple every morning, every day of the year; and if you've been in this building, you know light is a big part of it," said historic preservation specialist Stephen Kelley.
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family home -- while such homes continue to receive planning permission. Meanwhile, teachers and other public employees cannot find affordable housing in the communities where they work.
I suppose this phenomenon is not new, nor is it confined to American cities.
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The shading problem is one I had not thought about but is significant.
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This town is the cradle of modern architecture in America and it might be diminishing its own historical crown jewel in the quest for tax ratable property for itself and profit for a developer.
who have climbed and been helped to a higher echelon, and the growing number of shockingly-well-paid "new professionals" -- all of whom might wish to live in a nice community, in new quarters which they can afford, and who want
or need to be within easy striking distance of the big city . . .
This would be the target market for the developers of such a tower ? In five years, those who still need to own or control an individual conveyance, in such circumstance, will be driving little electric bubbles or that year's Smart Car . . .
Buildings are tailored to their physical context by way of codes, appeals, lenders, community outrage and activism -- as absorbed and regurgitated by architects. Like many things in life, the result is nearly always some sort of compromise
between a number of limiting factors. Whoever can exert the greatest influence -- on the entities that matter and will decide -- gets the most benefit from the performance. Let the games . . . begin !
The real threat of this particular tower is what it portends. Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood used to be lined with modest 2- to 3-story apartment buildings and "Main Street" type commercial buildings. One big luxury tower edged its way into the neighborhood, and now it is another urban canyon of extravagantly expensive condos, creating a horrendous traffic problem that did not exist before. If that can happen in Westwood, it can happen in Oak Park.