Up near Gonzaga, a big flat-bed trailer is advertising the future (and slightly off-kilter) Hamilton Square development. However on the website, we're seeing a completely different rendering than the flatbed variety on Hamilton St. Seen above is the comparison of the two renderings sporting a two-story and three-story building.
What's more important though is the site plan of Ham Square which is pure suburban office park in an urban center. The site plan really fails on two of the three rules of good urban design: 1) Build to the curb and 2) Place the parking in back. It doesn't matter that the facade is permeable because the pedestrians so lovingly drawn are so far from the building that they won't be able to see the building has windows let alone any activity inside.
We believe it was Remi and
Stephan Stefan who most recently pondered why the
Hamilton Corridor is so incredibly weak. It could be that the increasing suburban character/design of the corridor is the culprit. Hamilton is basically a place nobody really wants to be.