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BOSTON AND ITS SHADOWS

Push for flexibility in zoning takes us back decades

May 15, 2011

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THE GLOBE must be stuck in a time warp. The lead May 8 editorial (“With shadow ban, Beacon Hill would block too much progress’’) sounds like the Boston Redevelopment Authority of the 1970s, all for zoning flexibility and development no matter what the effects. It should have noted that state Representatives Byron Rushing and Marty Walz are following Henry Lee’s example in protecting public parks from shadows.

Then, in the editorial just below it (“Public Garden: Of Swan Boats and swan-songs’’), the Globe praises Henry Lee for his 41 years of service without mention of the signal achievement of his leadership of the Friends of the Public Garden: rescue of the Garden and Boston Common from shadows cast by proposed buildings. His choice of shoe style is supremely irrelevant.

Action by the Legislature is needed now, as it was in the 1990s when it enacted laws protecting both parks from shadows.

Eugenie Beal
Boston