Originally Posted by UTPlanner
I'm not sure that I agree that it's "too bold" for SLC. I think the fact is that it's too expensive for SLC. I see great designs that come out of architects that just get watered down/destroyed as the construction costs get priced out and the developers start to freak out. That's why you end up with a lot of boxes.
Those were my exact sentiments UTPlanner. I don't see it as "too bold" for SLC. It definitely looks upscale, and the façade pattern would also be more expensive to create. IMO though, not too expensive that there isn't a customer demand for it along the Wasatch Front. I've found that sophisticated tastes along the Wasatch Front are very alive and healthy. Of course, many of those would-be upscale apartment dwellers, prefer their nine thousand-plus sq. ft. mansion, rather than a posh dwelling amongst the downtown urbanista's. The same could be said for the well heeled here in Central Los Angeles. Per capita for per capita, Salt Lake's metro mansions are just as impressive if not more so than those here in Los Angeles. The only difference, as many have often lamented who do not choose the family lifestyle, the Wasatch Front has the excuse of numerous children to fill those large homes.
Ironweed touched on a really good point. When it comes to "short arms and deep pockets", but children are often going to be a reasonably good excuse along the Wasatch. Still, I think that there is a healthy demand for upscale apartments, and it is growing. From what I've noticed ,much of the "short arming" is coming from the local traditional financial institutions, and their currently entrenched lending policies. Experts predict that those post 2007 lending policies are going to now loosen up, and encourage more of the type of development Salt Lake City is encouraging.
If I were to take photographs of all of the many mid-rise
apartment dwellings going up here in Downtown & Central Los Angeles, you would see a striking similarity in design to those in Downtown, Central Salt Lake, and Sugar House. I don't have a problem with the current American trend in apartment designs. I think most are far more handsome/attractive than their predecessors of the 50's-80's. The positive note would be that in Salt Lake's portfolio, almost all of these mid-rise apartments, even those in the more working class neighborhoods, are being finished in multiple choices of materials. In Salt Lake it has become pretty common to see three or more diverse finishes on the facades of the development. Whereas here in L.A. you will usually see the complexes finished almost entirely in stucco. The only variation in most of these mid-rises here in L.A. would be two or three different paint colors to give it a little spice. The Salt Lake trend that was demanded by people like us, of a generous application of masonry, metal, hardy board, etc. is a great positive imo. Remember when our primary complaint was beige stucco? I wish Angelino's would complain as loudly about too much stucco as those of us did in Salt Lake City. I guess though, that people here just kind of assume it's an inherent part of the Southwestern ambiance. Admittedly, stucco does kind of go along with the Phoenix/ Los Angeles vibe more than it will ever fit in for places like Salt Lake City, Denver or Boise.