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Are the look and scale of New York’s new 5G towers right for the city? | News


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Image: Courtesy of NYC Office of Technology & Innovation (OTI)

Image: Courtesy of NYC Office of Technology & Innovation (OTI)



“It can be harmful to have these 10-meter-high futuristic towers, often with large video terminals on top, in residential areas in historic districts”– The New York Times


The New York Times addresses the growing ‘visual distraction’ that the appearance of 5G towers has created, along with a debate about their existence in relation to the historic street-level visual character of neighborhoods like Greenwich Village. LinkNYC plans to add another 2,000 to its already 150-strong inventory. Alternative designs for the ‘jacketed’ 32 foot poles were apparently too ‘ugly’ by New York standards.

Still, a growing number of opponents have prompted FCC reviews and complaints from at least sixteen community boards. From Crain also reported last week that the city’s Chief Technology Officer Matthew Fraser is considering a massive redesign campaign in deference to them and the flood of proposals from tech companies that have followed since their introduction in 2022.