I'm speaking specifically about utility buildings.
|Google Street View, is that the front, or back of the building?|
|Langdon Apartments, across the street from the Frontier building.|
What does this Frontier building say about the city, and this block?
When a building like this is constructed, it's telling us several things. Putting the backside of the building on the street is telling everyone, you are not invited, please leave us alone. Putting up large grey featureless sides is showing us that they are not concerned with anyone but themselves, and have no intentions of trying to be good neighbors. We walk and drive by this building and pay it no attention as it doesn't create any value to that experience.
Clearly there is a reason for this building, and it's being used, and maintained. We aren't trying to push Frontier out, we just want them to create places that add value to the neighborhood. Unfortunately, this building creates an environment telling everyone who comes to this area to drive through, there's no reason to stop here. We need to insist that buildings built along high traffic volume areas like here need to add value to the street and block they live on.
What kind of environment do these other utility buildings create in their neighborhoods?
|Mound Public works building, and the huge electrical junction off of Shoreline Dr.|
|Pond Hockey Arena, while it's not a utility building, it creates the same effect.|