Mayor Tom Menino wants to build Boston's tallest skyscraper. He says, "it will be a stunning statement of our belief in Boston's bright future." You know what would actually be a stunning statement about our future? Getting the price of doing business down so Boston can attract business and retain our citizens. Boston consistently ranks as the most expensive city in the nation to do business. Massachusetts is one of the few states to loose population every year. A skyscraper isn't going to solve that.
I love spectacle and the thought of a big building is cool. But, (1) Extra office space isn't going to help us out & (2) It smacks of NYC ... Boston isn't a town with an amazing skyline and shouldn't aspire to be part of the skyscraper club. I whole heartedly support civic development that moves us forward. I just don't see how a new skyskraper will accomplish anything.
If private developers want to move forward with this, I'm all for it. But I don't think it's a point for political grandstanding and it sure doesn't deserve a lot of tax breaks.