What Were They Thinking?
This is the first in an occasional series looking at buildings which I believe are, shall we say, less than stellar in their appeal to the senses. I have generally refrained from being critical of any one particular building over my years writing for BRO, but some just need to be called out on the carpet. Bad buildings make it harder to build good buildings. It seems that for every one good building there are ten bad ones built. Is it any wonder that people fear and fight each new proposal? This one offends on so many levels I don't even have the energy to get into it in detail (please feel free to chime in… this time all the negative Nellies can have free reign).
The thing that makes this beauty particularly egregious is the fact that it is really built just for the sake of building something. There is a perfectly suitable and very beautiful building directly across the street which is underutilized that could very likely have been renovated and put back to use for this purpose (which I am guessing is senior housing). This corner of Seneca and Cazenovia in South Buffalo could be described as the south side's downtown. At one time it was a very vibrant center of commercial activity. That vibrancy left behind a beautiful combination theater/office/retail building (just a rotten egg toss from this thing) which is just aching to be restored (I will highlight this one in a few days). Such a lost opportunity (so far).
So what do you think? Am I being too harsh? Is this "building" perfectly all right?
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