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I'm not absolutely certain, but I think for years Philadelphia had a law that no building could be higher than City Hall, which of course is at the exact center of downtown.Compared to other similar-sized/similar character cities, Cleveland is on the light side with regard to high rise/near high-rise residential buildings. Quite obviously, the ones we have are mainly bunched in Lakewood's Gold Coast just across the Cleveland border.We sure are. I'm working on a project involving Canada and it always strikes me how many residential high-rises they have in cities smaller than Cleveland. London, Hamilton, Kitchener etc. all have a tremendous number of high-rises.
Some cities are just more low rise in nature, residentially. Cleveland is one of them... Surprisingly Philadelphia, despite being several times bigger and denser than Cleveland, is another. Only over the last 10-15 years have residential high rises been sprouting up ... almost exclusively in Center City. Before that, rowhouses, twins, brownstones and small apartment buildings were, and still are, the dominant residential housing type. This in a city (proper) of 1.5M.
It wasn't a law, but an honored tradition, that nothing would be built which would block William Penn's view of his woods