|The Gateway to anytown|
I spent a summer studying architecture at the Graduate School of Design a long time ago. It taught me a few things. 1. That I didn't want to pursue architecture. 2. That Cambridge has some of the best pizza that I've ever tasted. And 3. Always consider the context of structure before planning its design. And that's what gives me problems with the 'gateway' building being constructed at the corner of 92 and Main. It feels like it could be picked up and moved to just about any central valley community.
Of course, it is easy to nitpick architectural drawings and it's impossible to please everyone, but for the entrance to our community, I was hoping for something a bit more unique. I'd hoped for a more modern flair, something more forward thinking, something more memorable. It's too easy to see the influence of Harbor Village in the design and too easy to see a chain restaurant occupying the lower level.
Its an improvement over the gas station that once occupied the space, but that's a pretty low bar. This could have be an opportunity for our most used intersection on the Coastside to reflect the creativity of our community. Swing and a miss in my opinion. What do you think?