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Old Posted Dec 20, 2006, 2:50 AM
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Originally Posted by BANKofMANHATTAN View Post
They should start making more parking garages that blend in better w/ surrounding architecture so they're not such an eyesore.
They have been. By a city ordaninces that was created a year or two back almost all new garages built within downtown are required to have ground floor retail, and almost all are supposed to be built to fit into their respective surroundings. Make not of "almost all" because, as you see, there are exceptions, but you have to give credit where credit is due, and you need looking no further than the Opera House Garage and 1001 Garage to see how the city has forced developers to design more urban-minded parking structures:

Detroit Opera House Garage, which was required to have ground floor retail and to fits into its surroundings. Since it couldn't fit the retail into the actual garage because of the awkward shape of the site, they had to build a small standalone retail building adjacent to the structure on Broadway.


BuildingsofDetroit - http://www.flickr.com/photos/snweb/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebaldy/89792277/

The 1001 Parking Structure, which was required to have ground floor retail and to fits into its surroundings.


pdroze - http://flickr.com/photos/18169862@N00/

Merchant's Row did this without having to be told, I believe, and built and automated garage (this was before the ordinances, I believe).


Allan M - http://www.flickr.com/photos/allanm/
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