Not the prettiest girl on the dance floor, and I understand your line of thinking, but disagree in this one case. I see that lot as a challenge to develop, and was expecting it to sit empty for my lifetime, so I'm happy to see this instead of an dirt lot. Also it might not turn out as bad as the rendering. Here's hoping.
True, but to what end? At some point level of design becomes personal opinion. This is only my own opinion, but I would rather this than the empty lot. I'm not saying you're wrong, somewhere in the mix there should be minimum standards, but it's a tough place to draw a line and set a precedent.
I agree that design standards are a murky line at best, but at some point in becomes obviously bad. This is on par with the Torode project in Inglewood or Tarjan Place. I'll take living with the strip mall for another 5 years and have someone try again later.
I'm not saying we have to turn into Vancouver and their design approval boards, but let's at least have a little self respect! It's one thing if it was tucked away in some unseen dank corner of the city, but this is a fairly prominent intersection.
16th is becoming a wasteland of ugly. The nicest looking thing on it may be the Home Depot!
16th has been a wasteland of ugly ever since I can remember I know where you're coming from though, I may disagree with you on this particular development, but the city needs more people with your point of view.