IMMEDIATE-AREA ARCHITECTURE BUSTED

Words written on a smoke break by grumpy proofreader Dennis Shea:

Standing at the entrance to the Metro Times office, four styles of architecture clang like a millennium bell before you. The Greektown casino and hotel are actually attractive blue vertical blurs. The Blue Cross building and the Monroe Street parking structure are modern light stone stacked structures.

The faux-Romanesque St. Mary's Church and the Greek Orthodox church up Lafayette stand out with primacy in terms of chronology, and solidity, in this menagerie. And behind is the Metro Times typical Bricktown building, except the shrill and still-inexplicable spaceship flange next to the METRO TIMES sign. The point is these places would be fine among compatible neighbors. The lack of coordination here, and mostly throughout this city, make it ugly, inexcusably.


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