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Condo Hill

Man, I love this view.


I realize I'm just about alone in this. Residents, students, and passersby are all teeming with criticism. "They're ugly! They're shoddily built! They're destroying precious green space! The river shouldn't be developed! I hate yuppies! Gentrification!"


By most accounts, the "shoddily built" criticism has some merit (and some lawsuits), at least for some of the buildings.


But I don't buy any of the rest of it. This is how a city should be built: inventively, forcefully, vertically, elegantly, densely. Pack 'em in here, close to downtown, so we can preserve the parts of the river upstream where it really is natural.


We've already got a spectacular river valley just upstream -- we don't need to try and create more where it hasn't existed for over a hundred years. And we've already got one of the world's greatest urban parks just a mile or two east of here -- again, we don't need to try and compete with it.

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Taken on April 12, 2007