Last night, city council member Philip Kingston spoke at The Mansion in an attempt to bring clarity to the Toll Brothers project. Unfortunately, after a good start, he failed to seal the deal. Kingston presented the big picture on the project – namely that Toll Brothers is completely within their rights to build a high-rise that’s uglier, boxier, more dense, with worse parking, and that looks terrible on the street. In fact Toll Brothers delivered a letter to Kingston and the plot sellers stating that they have every intention of building the worse-in-every-way plan should this better-in-every-way plan be shot down at city council.
Kingston’s question to the audience was simple and rational. Essentially, given the two alternatives, why should he support the worse “by right” plan? “By right” does what it says on the tin; no neighborhood or city involvement period. It’s a simple enough question. But for people for whom the only answer was “neither,” that question was rationally unanswerable. “Neither” isn’t an option, something rich folks ain’t used to hearing.