Posted: Apr 24, 2008 1:17 am |
Edited by: Theresa K
what elle said -- preserving the architectural integrity of a building preserves the overall integrity of the neighborhood.
in london in the 80s, musicians were buying deconsecrated churches in which to build recording studios; in nyc, the limelight famously is a church turned night club, and they had an outpost in london as well - in an old church.
a lot of former institutional or commercial buildings are turned residential, etc.
even if you don't like the tenants, at least you don't have to look at their eye sore "contemporary" ugly drive-thru structures.
seems that in many cities where retail and food businesses go in, no one ever bothers to do an environmental impact study to see how the increased traffic will affect the neighborhood.
in LA, i really like that there's that Target on La Brea and all, but boy does it fuck with traffic something awful and its the LAST THING LA needs
of course, what hasn't been brought to light (maybe it has been somewhere, but i'm not aware of it) is that the owners of buildings just want to dump their property on the highest bidder.
for a couple years, i was trying with a couple of partners, to buy that old boarded up gothic castle in the cass corridor (detroit) to put in what jack stands described a couple posts earlier. the owners didn't want to lease or sell that property - esp. not for that purpose. of course, the owners are the family that owns the redwings and they own a big chunk of the refurbished section of woodward ave by the new tiger stadium... i'm sure they're waiting for Live Nation to throw money their way... or perhaps Chik-Fil-A