gshelton91 wrote:/\ I love historic buildings but frankly at the point it was deemed too damaging to the building to restore it to the original i would rather have seen it demolished. What we have now is just as ugly as it was before and will do little for the street life.
I am confused so your prime focus is on street life activation yet the building is filling up with residents, office workers, soon hotel guests and even sooner multiple restaurants/retail that serves the neighborhood and not just destination style restaurants targeting Frisco clientele. I fail to see how the building that currently stands can not serve the function you speak of even if you disagree with the developers approach to that problem in the style they moved ahead with. I yet to see how butter yellow paint is worse than a parking lot which it would be without the building remaining.
Do I wish that the building could be restored yes do I wish investors could throw money just to make the building look prettier when it wouldn't make it function any better that the current plan. Do I wish the city would allow Mike to activate the plaza across the street to contribute to street level activation, yes.
Yet here we are in reality not the urban utopia rendering world many developers submit to city councils with endless empty promises. No we live here with real limitations on money, function and market demands and answers.