5-over-1 discourse is very frustrating because they are both a badly-flawed housing typology that is also obviously better than every other housing typology that's legal to build under United States building and zoning codes.
So if you point out problems with them you end up validating some degrowther who thinks buildings that cast shadows are evil or self professed communist decrying the monotony of identical apartment blocks
But there really are problems with them! Or at least ways in which they are obviously suboptimal, mostly relating to compromises made to accommodate fireproofing or the parking deck.
The solution to issues with the one allowable type of affordable, dense multifamily construction cannot be to propose that there should be zero types allowed instead.
just scroll through the media tab on @holz_bau's profile basically
That said as an erstwhile Baltimorean, I also think just allowing narrow street-fronting three story rowhouses literally everywhere is a good start
see, this is what I mean. They're not firetraps once the sprinklers and fireproofing etc are installed and not particularly "rickety." They're perfectly fine and normal buildings.
correct. it's possible that they will have safety issues if they are negligently maintained later in their life but this is true of any building type, including steel and concrete as champlain towers south just tragically demonstrated

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