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Are pencil towers a solution to NYC housing problems? NO, @CityLab.

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The subhead on Citylab's coverage of a new 47 foot wide pencil tower on 44th street in New York City asks "Can super-slender in-fill projects help NYC's housing squeeze?" The answer is, in a word, no, 47 times no. Kriston Capps writes: The city is filled with narrow lots that are prime for infill development but don't quite command the luxury residential prices of Midtown near Central Park. It may nevertheless prove profitable—and possible—to build even narrower and taller on these lots to achiever greater density. That's at least a possibility. © ODA Is it? When building this kind of tower the land cost per square foot of built area is probably extremely small. On the other hand, the construction costs are totally outrageous. Building codes demand two stairways, at least two elevators, fire protection equipment and other safety features for every single floor, no matter h...

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