More on New Broadway Condos
I think the picture makes my point perfectly (and does so even better in the color version, which shows the generic green-glass office-park-style windows and taupe pressed concrete facade; unfortunately, I don’t have a color copy, but similar buildings in Portland can be seen here and here). The design is blocky, ugly, and out of character with the surrounding buildings. I have no problem with the height of the building - six stories isn’t that tall - but I do have a problem with dropping generic Pearl District-style lofts into the north end of Broadway, where they’ll be an embarrassing anachronism in 10 or 20 years, when we’re kicking ourselves for letting developers model everything in Seattle after Vulcan headquarters . (The brick Dan likes so much is only on the back side, not facing Broadway.)
And what’s so bad about a courtyard? The Press Apartments on Pine Street have one, and it hasn’t become a “bathroom and bedroom for the homeless.” For that matter, what’s so awful about the homeless? If you want to live in a city and have forced interactions with strangers - the “hustle and bustle of street life” that attracts Dan to cities like New York- those strangers are going to have to include the homeless.