I get that. But NYC already has plenty of icons and more going up so the generics are gladly accepted there. All we see here is almost exclusively generic density and zero new icons but I get the challenges and reasons why. The beating of the dead horse goes on. Its a fun horse to beat....Ehh, not the IRS. You only need to look at VA buildings to see what true IRS level buildings would be.
All of these proposals are mediocre, IMO. Great additions to the bulk of the city.
Like how Vancouver's got hundreds of very similar towers that on their own are basically designed by market dynamics and zoning laws, not great. But as a background for a few great buildings (in particular I'd say the latest BIG creation, or a couple of the taller buildings) it's perfect. The same way NYC is thousands of generic buildings with a few outstanding ones (and a few *cough panam/metlife* that should just be torn down).
Same goes for Hong Kong or Tokyo or London or anywhere, you can't have an entire city of icons, it would just look gaudy and garrish. Not to mention uneconomical. You get a bunch of buildings that are 'meh' and every once in a while an icon.
We really could use an icon supertall... Come on Martin Selig! Make another great impact on the skyline with all your leftover money and retire! lol)
Ehh, not the IRS. You only need to look at VA buildings to see what true IRS level buildings would be.
It was basically all scheduling. TL;DR the hearing will be January 28th-31st.
The full gore is at https://web6.seattle.gov/Examiner/case/MUP-19-031The Examiner concluded that the City demonstrated that the traffic and parking impacts that were presented in the appeal in this matter are expressly mitigated by provisions in the City of Seattle Municipal Code. The Examiner’s conclusion was based on code provisions that were identified in Hearing Examiner Exhibit 5, titled “City Codes that Expressly Mitigate Transportation Impacts.”
They had 4 days of oral arguments. Appeal will likely be denied.Well, it looks like the hearing examiner did not rule as the Escala HOA wished, but they're claiming that the ruling was too broad, and want, of course, to appeal further.
The full gore is at https://web6.seattle.gov/Examiner/case/MUP-19-031
I am shocked the surrounding proposed developers haven't sued the Escala board/ for 10s of millions for using frivolous complaints and appeals to try to stop development they "don't like". This has gotten to be such a cartoonish joke, as some point the Escala board should be punished for this abusing the Seattle development process just to protect their homeowners views.Maybe their attorney is an Escala resident!