I know we have selective memory when it comes to some of these things... But, I used to pass by the old campus as part of my nightly run 12 years ago... That entire stretch of St Paul used to be absolutely dreadful. There was a chain link parking lot for buses, surface parking across the street, and very poor street interaction. I tended to run faster along this stretch just to get away from it. Was the old building aesthetically attractive? Sure... But pretending this wasn't 'dead space' before is a bit of a stretch.
When first baptist built their new garage, they put all their Sunday school classes fronting St. Paul to hide their garage. They also put garage access in the alley instead of along St Paul proper, and skinned the building to match with the rest of their campus. Most casual observers don't even recognize that as a garage. The new monstrosity built right next to it (for the neighboring office building) is a different story, and should never have been allowed to happen.
The new campus also did a great job of opening the entire common area to the outside with walls of glass, incorporating the historic sanctuary, and activating the plaza with a dynamic water feature, while other developments that have come along simply built concrete driveways for valet drop offs. I'm not saying it's perfect by any means... I know the aesthetic isn't for all, and we did loose a beautiful brick building in the process. But pretending this area was worsened by the project is a bit of a stretch.
Plus, I don't think either of the two buildings currently on the chopping block have near the character as the Truett building. True, I am a bit overly optimistic here... but I think there is room for it.
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