Two lawmakers say the mayor and governor are both trying to shove through the approval process a proposed condo tower to be built over the Mass Pike in the Back Bay.
We’ll spare you the details, but critics basically say Mayor Menino and Gov. Patrick are violating an old agreement to thoroughly review traffic, parking and other issues before giving the official OK to the 47-story tower, which eventually would be considered part of Copley Place. The tower would contain 318 condos, a larger Neiman Marcus store, and various shops and restaurants.
Let’s see. There’s still a severe economic downturn underway. The construction industry desperately needs more jobs. The city of Boston still needs more housing in the long run. Developers are gung-ho about investing and building in Boston, while hesitant to do so elsewhere.
Do we really want this project? Nah. Let’s talk about it a little more.
We’re tempted to file this under “only in Boston.” But we’ve run out of storage space in the “only in Boston” file. So we’ll just leave it at that.