On Monday night, the Portland Planning Board unanimously passed building code changes that would allow 45-foot-high, 10-foot-wide “tube” buildings on the city’s peninsula and three-family apartment buildings with no parking spaces required.

Building lots would need to be only 20 feet wide, instead of the current 40 feet. Thus, not only could there be some weird buildings in our neighborhoods, but the on-street parking nightmare would get even worse.

The City Council has to approve the building code changes, so there’s still hope that they won’t take effect.

Douglas Cowie