Incredibly, they listened. At least many of them did.
As Becker was writing, there already were hints of serious changes afoot in local residential design. A number of builders had been steadily creating track records for progressive projects, and dissatisfaction with a series of terrible towers in neighborhoods like River North was taking its toll.
The vast bulk of major developments, however, were not especially well-designed, this at a time when a building boom was remaking the city’s skyline. But in just four short years, Chicago has seen a sea change in residential design. New Homes Magazine highlights some of the cutting-edge high-rise designs reshaping downtown Chicago and how a slower market might affect the trend in its October issue.