17 March 2007
Slack to be cut, at least somewhere
I knew that the Planning Commission was getting fussy about historic districts and such, but I had no idea that this provision was in place:
For each structure, the roofing materials visible from the street shall be clay tiles; the exterior of the wall of each building shall be finished in white stucco, the appropriate shades of color to be determined by the Historical Preservation and Landmark Commission.
This applies to everything along the Paseo, the one-time Spanish-flavored shopping district currently being reinvented as an arts and entertainment zone. The Planning Commission has since proposed the deletion of the "white stucco" provision, and will hold a public hearing on the matter. I've never thought the Paseo looked particularly homogeneous, although this may be a function of the twisty topography rather than of architectural variations; it will be interesting to see who jumps up to do a radical makeover once the provision is stricken.
Speaking of architectural variations, is it too much to ask that the CVS store that will replace the Mayfair Market at 50th and May look at least something like the rest of the Mayfair Village complex? It's bad enough that we lose a neighborhood grocery to the ongoing CVS/Walgreens pissing contest why in the name of Merck the Mighty is it necessary for these chains to chase each other all over the city? but if this is going to look like the usual soulless Super Pharmacy, I'll just have one more reason never to set foot in the place. (I gave up Eckerd's, which CVS displaced by merger, after they botched up a prescription for one of my maintenance drugs; my one experience with Walgreens was sufficiently annoying to guarantee I'll never go back to them.)Posted at 12:06 PM to City Scene