Thursday, May 29, 2008

And More . . . .

Among the old buildings in our downtown is one called "the Flatiron Building," named for the more famous one in New York. This one is not quite so dramatic (nor do I think Daniel Burnham was the architect). The playful sculpture in front is, of course, commentary on the name. It's a popular venue for street musicians.
This next building is the old S&W Cafeteria. Closed for many years, the building is now being developed into expensive condos for the rich and famous (or at least rich). This is one of the most colorful facades downtown. The coffered panels of the arched entryway are a beautiful deep blue. I've never been inside, but pictures reveal spaciousness with lots of art deco detailing.

And, of course, some new buildings are going up. This recent addition is not the most pleasing to the eyes, but I suppose it could be worse. (It is across the street from the Flatiron Building, the corner of which is seen on the left). It is very displeasing to the budget, however, as it is (once again) expensive, "luxury" condominiums. I guess we can thank the rich folk for feeding the local economy. If only those of us in lower paying service industries could afford to live here!
Like I've said, this is a great town. And, it's an open and accepting sort of place, too. There is a sizable gay community (particularly lesbian community), quite a few artists, crafts folk, organic farmers, musicians, you name it. It's a great place to live!

Affordable housing is in very short supply which is sad. We have poverty, crime, and all the other things that go with a small metropolitan area. Environmental issues such as air quality are concerns, as well. But still . . . .

Come visit. But don't even think about moving here!

5 comments:

Hirsute polyamorous bear said...

That was it! The tray contraption that I loved so much was at the S&W. And the Peanut Butter milkshakes at the old B******* Dairy were absolutely fantastic.

Maddog said...

Thanks for taking us on a tour of your town. The town I grew up doesn't look anything like it used to. A toyota manufacturing plant was built about 20 years ago and now there's a McDonalds and Walmart on every corner.

Lemuel said...

You have some classic architecture. I am glad to see that they are preserving/repurposing it. Thanks for sharing the pictures and the commentary.

Donald said...

It is fun to be a tour guide, isn't it? To be the person trying to imagine how someone else sees your own hometown -- or might want to see it?

Thanks for the glimpse into what you yourself like about it all. That's about more than printed tour guides and illustrated walks.

Much more.

Todd E. said...

Just discovered your blog and I likes it!! Digging through older posts...how many people do THAT??