Monday, May 12, 2008
Now that's an icon!
When I learned that The Tide would necessitate the destruction of the Kirn Memorial Library, I wasn't sure I was keen on the idea.
And then I read a post that prompted me to post... and the general upshot was to build a building over the rail stop. Incorporate the rail into a building of significance.
Okay, we don't have to go the route of the Burj Dubai.
We could do something smaller, although I do think that Mr. Gindroz's latest suggestion was a bit bland. When I first saw the sketch, my immediate thought was that it looks like hundreds of other laces. It used to be I thought suburbia was becoming ultra homogeneous; well, I still think suburbia classifies, but so do city centers. They're becoming similar, rote, common.
In truth, I hadn't fully come to this conclusion until I saw this post: Icon for a what? I knew something was off. If Norfolk is going to be urban, than embrace that urbanism; we don't give up neighborhoods or walkability or public transportation or vibrancy. We set out to be known as urban. Let that be the icon.
Posted by Peter A. Stinson on Monday, May 12, 2008