Seen at its most inviting corner, the convention center was a fine example of the architecture of the 1970s. Even in bright sunlight the building was cold and forbidding. Three fourths of the building had no windows or doors, much less shops or other people friendly street level elements. Except at the Fourth Street entrances, it looked much like a mausoleum, which may ironically be symbolically fitting, considering the history of the site.
Because of the recent criticisms, the "old" convention center has gotten a complete facelift along with an expansion which added an additional city block of facilities. True to form, the city has razed the adjacent block piece-meal over the past few years in anticipation of the new construction. While the new complex seems to be taking on a bit more cheerful character, it still does not have the quality or aesthetic appeal, or the "downtown character," of the buildings it replaced. It may still be too early to say if there will be enough street-level interest for a pedestrian to stroll around its two full city blocks.
There is, however, some hope that the impressively large facility, along with other downtown projects, by drawing more conventioneers to Louisville, may help stimulate the downtown commercial revitalization the city so desperately needs.
Louisville After the Bombings?
ALL HOPE IS NOT LOST
After nearly complete destruction in February 1945 at the end of World War II, see what can
be done to rebuild a historic city center.
Click here to see absolutely amazing photos of the ongoing reconstruction of Dresden
(...reconstruction begun in 2002, and what has Louisville done in that time??)
Dresden 1980s <<nearly same view>> Dresden 2000s
(By the way, although begun as a public project to restore a
world heritage site,
the reconstruction of Dresden has now gotten far enough along that the real estate values have skyrocketed.
Remaining un-reconstructed parcels are going for around $6000 per square yard just for the right to rebuild
historically faithful reproductions of former buildings ...including a palace...on the site. check this out)
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