Originally Posted by S-Man
North edge of Plateau du Parc.
Uggh. What is with all the grass? Looking around in Streetview is depressing. There's a lot of relatively dense development in the area, but it is all surrounded by useless dying grass full of dandelions. It's not even like they consolidated it into usable fields and parks, either: no, it just surrounds each structure rather pointlessly.
Here's the ultimate in annoyingly stupid urban design:
The building has been set back so far from the street that it needs its own dedicated sidewalk. I suppose it is possible that fifty years' hence when the trees have grown tall and maybe the lawn converted to some kind of garden this might look semi decent, but I wouldn't count on it.
Btw, I say "annoyingly stupid" because the design of the building itself isn't half bad (none of the three sides visible from the street has any vinyl, for instance, and a significant portion of the parking is underground). If it had been brought closer to the street it would actually frame the street with its counterpart across the street. I'd also rearrange the sidewalks and trees and put in some segregated bike lanes since this is a main street of sorts that provides access to the local shopping area, which includes a cinema.