Michael Kimmelman, the architecture and all around cities critic for The New York Times, largely disses most of the supertall skyscrapers going up. It was a good column, even though I like aesthetically most of the new towers more than him. He does though a good job of raising the important issues around the buildings, including whether their owners are paying taxes. In general, he’s done a truly outstanding job at being an urban design critic for the paper, as opposed to just critiquing individual buildings. I sent Michael a note – we’ve briefly met here and there – about my recent column where I posit that there is a relationship between the height of skyscrapers, and the level of income inequality in the society. Here’s the link again, and I hope he checks is out.
I love this idea of mine, that there may be a correlation and perhaps some causation between extremes of income inequality, and the construction of really tall buildings. Here’s my latest Governing column, which is all about that.