Originally Posted by StatenIslander237
You basically said what I was trying to say back a few posts in one sentence. Oh well.
I like your idea of shorter new development, and considering that plans are pretty secure for this tower's construction (an assumption, I admit), this part of town will be in major need of new development so this tower can be integrated with the rest of the city.
by the way I see you are new to the site, welcome to SSP
Campustown is very interesting and diverse mix of densities. I'd say the predominant "vernacular" housing are:
- 3-story, 2to4 tiered complex (i.e. 6-12 units)
- 3-story catwalk building with 6 to 10 apartments per floor (18-30 units)
However, there are also:
- Frat houses, which basically resemble stately mansions on the outside, and vermin-infested tenement slums on the inside
- single family homes (these were the original housing stock from 80-120 yeas ago and several remain, the ones rented to students are horribly dilapidated)
- Several scattered larger apartment blocks between 4 and 12 stories
- SRO-style efficiency blocks, typically 3-4 stories with 10-20 efficiencies per floor
- Full-on large dormitories
So, I guess I don't really buy the argument that any structure is out of scale or character, because like most of Chicago, the defining characteristic of neighborhood housing stock is the lack of consistent scale or style