|Building and Artist, photo by Scot Dorn|
For Baker's Ribs, this is opportunity to ostensibly make room for their fried pies. Still Paniagua's designs weren't in line with typical locations of the Texas BBQ franchise, and the company felt the need to alter the building's facade.
|Please excuse the crappy phone resolution|
This situation is a microcosm of what is happening in urban areas around the country. When it comes to these old, non-suburban places, what should be done about buildings that have been there sitting empty for a long time?
While it is a tragedy that the vibrancy of that intersection is now muted, the building was un-rentable, judging by its many years of disuse. In fact, there are many buildings in the neighborhood that have been empty for a long time. Is this a cause of the times, or is this a call for new buildings?