Recognize this place? XX

Yes, it’s the parking lot that became Triangle Park….that is now back to the same conditions as this picture.  The overlords of the park have decimated it.  It took a generation to get the park into the quality where it really could support urban life.  It will be another generation, if it gets back there at all.  This is why it is so important to get urban design right the first time.



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3 responses to “Recognize this place? XX

  1. I would hardly say that it is back to the conditions in this picture. The fountain and the walkways remain and are to remain when the new trees and grass are restored.

    You are correct that they incorrectly installed the original trees as they were of a limited lifespan(which they reached) and should have selected a more urban tolerant species . The trees were constantly being thinned and roughly half of the number originally planted remained when the decision was made to restore the park. The Lexington Center folks have said that they wish to discourage planned gatherings in the park, now that we have the pavilion at Cheapside, and desire that folks go back to using it as an urban respite during the day. It will take some time to get back to some type of shade, I just don’t want the towering leafy kind that was there.

    • Hell I’d argue that what’s there now is WORSE than a parking lot because it’s unusable for anything. People are not going to go there. And we can’t park on it.

      Seriously, this calls into question the management of perhaps the signature space in our downtown. We’ve lost meaningful public use of that park for half a generation.

  2. Dan

    Wow! That is all just amazingly ugly. Pretty jarring to see after looking at all your beautiful pictures of Rome a few posts above.

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