The City of Boston wants to promote eco-friendly housing by auctioning off city-owned land in the Mission Hill neighborhood, according to The Boston Globe.
I find this ironic because last week neighborhood pressure forced archirect Sebastien Mariscal to abandon his plans for a parking-free apartment building in one of the most walkable and carfree neighborhoods in the city.
The lot, 37 North Beacon Street, is within a five minute walk of a supermarket, an active commercial corridor of bars, restaurants and cafes — there are even some entertainment venues within a 10 minute walk — and three major and frequent bus routes go by. If you lived in that building, owning a car would make about as much sense as Finnegan’s Wake.
But Mariscal was forced, under community pressure, to provide parking spaces, which not only increases the building’s carbon footprint and decreases its profitability, but is completely unnecesarry. Parking requirements are among the most odious infringements on property rights ever divised by planners, right up there with eminent domain and zoning.