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Kenneth Jackson on Historic Preservation and Skyscraper Development in Midtown Manhattan

Kenneth Jackson, an urban history professor at Columbia University, has written an op-ed on the current opposition to dense skyscraper development in Manhattan.

Jackson contends that without significant dense development, the city could follow the path of “second tier” cities. ¬†Many current office buildings are aging and the city is challenged with being able to provide class-A office space for traditional financial and service firms that have driven the city’s economy. ¬†Jackson notes that dense development and job opportunity draw young people to the city for chances at upward mobility and finding people to build families with.

He worries that the historic preservation movement in the city has extended beyond its original purpose to protect important, historically significant buildings to preserve any building that maintains the current streetscape.