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Campaigners march against new wave of New York towers

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Hundreds of protestors have marched through New York to call for restrictions on tall buildings, which they say are casting huge shadows over Central Park

Campaign group Stand Against the Shadows organised the march which saw New Yorkers gathering with black umbrellas, signifying the shadows.

Echoing recent calls for a rethink of London’s tall buildings policy (see Skyline Campaign) , the group has written to the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, to request a moratorium on towers above 600 feet in height until new rules on skyscraper development are agreed.

Its letter said: ‘Mayor de Blasio, you ran your mayoral campaign on the slogan A Tale of Two Cities - indeed this is a blatant example of the type of inequity you were referring to – castles in the sky for the privileged few deemed more important than the sunshine and overall quality of life in neighborhoods and communities for everyone else.

‘We aren’t anti-development but instead want to see increased regulation on the way these mega towers are built, and appropriate study of the effects they will have on the area’s overburdened schools, traffic and public transportation systems, air and environmental quality – as well as the shadows they will cast on public spaces.

‘Until now, the city has done nothing to assess the impact of these developments on the city.’

It said that community leaders should come together with developers to enact changes to zoning laws and give the community a voice in the planning process.

The issue has come to the fore following the unveiling of plans for the 541m Nordstrom Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, which could cast shadows of up to 300m into the park (see below).

Quoted in the Sunday Times, Nicole Gelinas, of the Manhattan Institute think tank, said: ‘No one thought it would be possible to build such tall buildings on such skinny sites — there was not the technology to do so,” said “Now there is and they are doing it.’

Proposed 1,775 feet Nordstrom Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Proposed 1,775 feet Nordstrom Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

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  • The problem of being plagued by the shadows created by the imposition of tall buildings on a neighbourhood has surfaced much closer to home, where Boris is over-ruling the objections of Tower Hamlets and Hackney councils to plans for a cluster of tall buildings - on the old Bishopsgate goods yard site - that would overshadow Shoreditch.

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