Originally Posted by 3rd&Brown
It looks like a Ramada Inn on Rt 70 in Marlton.
I'd rather they build nothing at all.
I'm not one of those people who thinks every project needs to be stunning, nor am I a person who thinks Philadelphia should build anything at any cost because it's better than nothing...
But this is just TERRIBLE.
My farts are more interesting than this.
Just a reminder. THIS is what the view shown in the renderings looks like now:
This isn't exactly a tony corner. In case you can't realize from the rendering the little public plaza in the foreground sits atop the vine street expressway.
If you walk out the front door of this place that little plaza will be in front of you to the left but then to the right is the highway sound barrier for 676!!!
10th street is one of the main corridors through Chinatown and yet starting at wood street and then heading south down to winter street, there is not a single residence or place of business. There is nothing but parking lots, highway barriers and a the mostly blank windowless wall of a catholic school.
Do you really think that we'd be better off if they didn't build a 21 story tower interjecting people and businesses and a community center and a pulse to this part of china town?
Just ridiculous. Go walk down there at 11PM on Tuesday and tell me if you really think we'd be better off with nothing here.
Don't mean to be harsh. But some of this criticism is just unwarranted and not in touch with reality. This is still a great project.
Also while the design is a huge step back from the super ambitious original, everyone knew from the get-go that the design was totally improbable to ever happen and way too ambitious. This design doesn't come close to that but it is far above anything in marlton nj. depending on the materials used I think could look great.
If it didn't start out with such unrealistic initial rendering people would be a lot less disappointed now. This design is not as good as the first one, but it's still far from terrible.
EDIT: everyone beat me to it