Originally Posted by Busy Bee
Get real man. I don't know where you're coming from but these buildings are nothing special. I don't see what all the hubbub is about. I'm personally in favor of the plaza idea, I really don't think these two buildings add that much to the street or have much architectural merit—there just old, which doesn't always mean worth saving.
While I'm not going to lose any sleep over their destruction, I think that a plaza on that corner is an unworthy replacement for any functional, tax-paying use of the site.
Looking at the lobby photos of the new building next to them, I love how currently you can look through the lobby to the rough brick wall of the old building. I also think that having some old brick buildings in the area - architecturally significant on their own or not - helps keep it interesting. after all, very few of the modern buildings are easy to interact with for pedestrians.
Also, Franklin there is a speedzone, as is that section of Randolph, so you're putting a plaza next to a flurry of racing cars which, in my opinion, is sort of stupid. The building also makes a nice complement to the preserved buildings at Wells and Franklin. With a little planning that dead two blocks of Franklin could become simply stellar. A little tack-on plaza doesn't even come close to meeting that potential and, far worse, needlessly takes property tax income off the table at a time when we can use all the revenues we have.