different strokes, i guess. fully agree with you re: the squandered possible height of the residential, but IMHO both towers are steaming piles of garbage. overall the development is great if only for the ground-level, but objectively, as "architecture"? awful.Personally I like this building a lot. My problem with the complex will always be related to the residential tower for 2 reasons.
1. They left 150'+ of essentially PREAPPROVED HEIGHT on the table, in the middle of a housing crisis.
2. By chopping the tower, they ended up making both towers within 15' of each other and we're going to end up with 4 similar height buildings in the immediate area and not a single peak among them.
So frankly, the office tower is actually an improvement over the majority of the earlier iterations. Even the "superior" one with the spire looked overly chunky/graceless from 3 of the 4 sides. It's just that the office tower was never supposed to carry the mantle of being the tallest in this area. In fact, it was supposed to be the 4th tallest (including Avalon and Longfellow Tower) and instead winds up being 1st! So please direct your ire to the residential shortcomings before you direct it towards the office tower.