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Old Posted Dec 29, 2011, 12:32 AM
Johnland Johnland is offline
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Originally Posted by PITairport View Post
It sure is.

Pittsburgh has reclaimed its river fronts, which is great. Part of that process involved designing these new structures to compliment the river. The river side of the Casino looks a lot better than this view, but the overall result is one sided, as it seems the architects forgot the building has 3 other sides. The result is a hideous building from most angles, which now blocks views of the beautiful West End bridge and a good chunk of Mt. Washington from the north side. They should have put at least part of the parking underground, and included a hotel tower.

The same thing with the convention center. Looks great from the river, but on the city side, its nothing but a huge white wall.

But the result is particularly bad from the western end of the north side because of the above view of the casino garage, that ugly garage they put at the northern Ft. Duquesne Bridge split, and the northern facade of Heinz Field, which looks like the back of a Walmart.

Approving low architectural standards for these brand new buildings on the north side is the worst thing since they decided to put the Allegheny Co prison at its current location. sentiments exactly. "Reclaim" the riverfronts, but then throw them away again with God awful construction (casino garage). It's the total dumbing down of an urban scape. What kind of designer or architect in his right mind could look at that thing and think that's respectable. But then, the whole deal was bad economics, so why should one expect quality. Wasn't the State just looking for an easy way to fill a budget gap - by generating gambling 'revenue'.
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