since when is saving a 7-11 a celebration
1. "The "Portal Project" is finally getting rid of one downtrodden area of Oakland, yet another one seems to be forming (or is already formed) at the "Boulevard Portal". Kind of a weird location, but not so far removed that empty buildings should be sitting there." Have you seen the proposal for the replacement? bland suburban office buildings. We can do better… See the Oakland 2025 Plan.
2. "The concerns in this article are responsible questions that should be raised, but I'm confident in Point Park's track record…." If they are responsible questions why not wait until a full plan is unveiled; preservation should not be a process of demolish ask questions later. Few buildings will/have survived this approach. PPU has not demonstrated that it cant work (technical, cost, design). An open professional problem solving workshop could resolve this. If we could do it with 5th & Forbes (GC Murphy Block) we can do it here. PPU deserve praise and so does the public/taxpayer for significant funding assistance, now and lilely in the future.
Point Park has been an excellent downtown tenant and have done extraordinary work in the past 5-10 years transforming their "campus" and improving the streetscape in the blocks that encompass it. The concerns in this article are responsible questions that should be raised, but I'm confident in Point Park's track record that they will do what they can to preserve the historic integrity of the area while simultaneously making the necessary improvements to attract more people downtown and make it a more viable "community" as a whole.
Is there a projected use for the soon-to-be abandoned Playhouse in Oakland? That corner of Craft/Boulevard of the Allies already has one vacant building, as well as a gas station. Magee's putting in a new Emergency entrance on that side, and I presume this will encourage employees and visitors to use Craft Street for access instead of only Halket. The "Portal Project" is finally getting rid of one downtrodden area of Oakland, yet another one seems to be forming (or is already formed) at the "Boulevard Portal". Kind of a weird location, but not so far removed that empty buildings should be sitting there.
The neighborhood process had a significant impact on this design. The original L & K concept exaggerated the horizontal aspects of the building and the site, completely out of context with the vertical rectangles that mark the surrounding historic buidings. Community asked that the facade convey a greater verticality in keeping with the rhythm of the existing built environment. While most certainly a contemporary structure, the revised design does "harmonize subtly" with its surroundings. Community input helped take this from discordance to harmony.
What happened to the Kaufmann murals? Were they moved to storage or some other location or simply destroyed or painted over?
I remember as a child walking across the pedestrian bridge that used to be there. On Ellsworth Ave, you could see what used to be Sacred Heart High School; (my mom went there) and the Tom Tucker bottling plant. Going across the bridge was Huffstadter Cadillac (what is now Motor Square Gardens) and one of the many White Tower restaurants that used to dot the area. Sadly, the Ellsworth Ave bridge to South Highland was never re-opened.
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Mellon building #2, the Union Trust Building, is the real travesty here. That place was a beautiful mall with an open area in the middle which is almost completely filled in with office space floors now.
You've done a great job and left me wistful about Pittsburgh's potential. This house is a true gem and I applaud the artist(s) for creating and restoring it. I am familiar with Walsh's work and it's great to see it appreciated.
Breathe slowly and feel the space between this and the next breath...Proof again!!! No wonder western Pennsylvania has always felt like the safest place on the planet to nest at and enjoy the best the earth has to offer!!! sincerely, firstname.lastname@example.org
I was an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright in 1951-2-&3. Recently I learned about his home "Taliesin," in Spring Green, Wi. was one of 11 buildings on the Most Endangered Places at: National Trust for Historical Preservation; so I wrote "Taliesin Reflectios." I am donating 100% of the proceeds to Taliesin Preservation, Inc. (non-profit) for the upkeep of FLLW's Masterpiece. Earl Nisbet - Aptos.
Charles is right in that, technically, there is a master plan on file, and it's the plan for the Isle of Capri, which includes an arena, casino, hotel & parking structure to support all 3. That plan died on Dec. 20 when Don Barden won the slots license. [Or did it?] There is no plan submitted by the Pens, the SEA, URA, or any other entity for the arena itself. You can call City Planning and ask yourself. A requirement for using state funds is a study of the historical significance of not just buildings being demolished, but any structures that can potentially be effected. In fact, it's called the Area of Potential Effect [APE]. The APE is, at a minimum, the entire development area, along with properties contiguous with it & opposite from it. So the APE would reasonable include all or part of Chatham Center, the buildings on the south side of 5th Avenue, Washington Plaza, and so on. Even the Mellon Arena site! But, the APE studied for the SEA included only the actual footprint of the new arena. It didn't even include the Epiphany Church, which has 3 of its 4 buildings being demolished as I type.
Here's the point: There are decisions to be made in the next 12 months for the Lower Hill and Uptown we will all be living with for the next 25-50 years. There is an opportunity [ne', imperative] to thoughtfully plan out what it CAN be for all stakeholders [preservationists among them] and create a wonderful, sustainable plan that serves everyone well. And, it can be done in time for the first puck to drop in the fall of 09.
Unfortunately, there is no process like that currently under way. The broader question is, "Why not?"
The colourful Junior Achievement Experiential Learning Center is a very pretty building...it not only deserves the prize but also needs to be build sooon.
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