Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Coming to Indiana--New York or Las Vegas?

In "Empire State replica: Honor or insult? N.Y.’s treasure our city’s junk," a local architect writes about a proposal for a strip mall development that is somewhat "Main Street"-looking but with an added "plus," a squat "replica" of the Empire State Building. He's not in favor.

Indiana Strip Mall Proposal (rendering)Rendering of the Indiana strip mall proposal including an Indiana-sized Empire State building. (Image from the Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette.)

Empire State Building, NYCThe real thing. (Image from the Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette.)

New York New York CasinoThe New York New York Casino in Las Vegas takes replica to a new level.


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