Monday, May 19, 2008

Condominium or fortress?

From a distance, the new B. Street Commons look like a great addition to the South Addition neighborhood, but look closer and unlike its neighbors, the developers behind the Commons left something out from the front facade. What is it? They forgot the doors! Instead of having a front entrance connecting the condominium to the Delaney Park Strip, the main doors and garage have been tucked behind the building on a gravel filled alley. To add insult to injury, there are no windows on the ground floor of the Commons. Instead, all the front sidewalk gets is blank walls, those tiresome brown garden bricks, and presumably, a manicured lawn. Overall, while the B. Street Commons looks good from afar, closer inspection shows a building that seems to be afraid of its neighbors and therefore guard its ground level base while keeping its residents safe on the upper floors where they can watch the blood bath from their balconies.

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