Thanks for the early Spring photos. Loved them all, especially the one with the hawk ðŸ™‚ The new CAM (museum) looks nice, too, although it is disappointing that the slow economy forced the residential developer and CAM to change their plans and ditch their original vision.
Hill, I must say that you are not alone. To me, the county made a huge mistake by not saving the two buildings that were there. They could have easily developed half of that parcel, without losing anything. Now, they missed a huge opportunity for a future county building and if you think about it the final product didn’t accomplish as much. To be fair, from the street level it almost feels overwhelming, but this is probably due to the fact that we were used to seeing an empty parcel for a while – after they demolished the old structures. I took a walk today and looked at the frame of the building in relation to the average human being – there were several workers visible from the ground level… It really looked grand from where I was. I guess we’ll need to get used to it.
Can’t wait to find out the mystery angle… It’s not hard to find the approximate location, but Matt has a way of fooling us, and with ease ðŸ˜†
@Matt: I had placed it near Carson and Whitaker Mill, but I had a feeling I could not find it, unless I drove by there for an hour ðŸ˜† That area needs a few mid-rises, even if they lined them up along the North side of Whitaker Mill Rd. The view of the skyline would be a HUGE plus!!! Unfortunately, too many NIMBYs live around there, too, and even if they didn’t, all the Five Points, Cameron Village and Cameron Park NIMBY groups would have united and revolted, anyway ðŸ˜†
@Hill: Washington DC is one of the few examples where the lack of skyscrapers would not hurt anyone’s feelings. The urbanity of that city is phenomenal, and not only K Street NW. I love how nicely they have integrated their convention center, too. However, I am not sure I want to see Salisbury Street becoming like K Street… For one, it is one of the few streets left where we can build skyscrapers… Not many parcels are available, but we can still squeeze 2-3 skyscrapers ðŸ™‚ Of course, even the taller mid-rises near the new Justice Center can help create a more urban feel, if that is what you meant. I would welcome them to any low-rise garbage and out-of-place structures, provided they have a decent urban form. For its nature, the new Justice Center isn’t bad, at all, but that block could have gotten 4 high-rises instead, or a mix of 2 high-rises and 2 mid-rises… Oh well, how much can we expect from government people? At least, they were fiscally responsible about the new Justice Center. I wish the city leaders were the same about the proposed Public Safety Center.