The glass-enclosed pedestrian bridge would slice diagonally over the major downtown intersection of Ontario Street and Prospect Avenue, partially obstructing views to and from Public Square, the New England-style civic commons in the heart of downtown.Note that everything he worried about came to pass. After all, who doesn't love this view?
The negative impacts of the changes proposed by Rock Gaming are hard to quantify, but they’re the kind of actions that can erode a city’s visual integrity and sense of place, even its identity.
Nevertheless, it’s unsettling to contemplate a beautiful building disfigured by having a walkway stuck in its facade. It’s something like poking a straw in Mona Lisa’s nose.
No matter how glassy and transparent it is, the walkway will block views, including vistas of Tower City Center, the vast office, retail and hotel complex built on the southwest flank of Public Square between 1924 and 1930.
Unfortunately, there’s little chance that the city will stand in Rock Gaming’s way or push for better alternatives.
To my colleagues:— Matt Zone (@zonemat) October 2, 2019
@basheerj @TBrancatelli this request needs to be swiftly rejected.
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