Monday, October 17, 2005
No Future For My Favorite Building in ENC
Okay, drifting away from Leucadia today towards downtown Encinitas.
I swear I am the kiss of death around here. NCT link
If I love a certain open space someone will build a hotel on it. If I love a certain building it will get torn down.
The old newspaper building on the coast highway in the heart of downtown is far and away my favorite building in this town (well, I love the little metal building on E St. that was the Redsand clothing store and coffee shop just as much).
Maybe I just have an affection for cool industrial metal buildings, they are so rare in this land of stucco and red Spanish tile.
So I am dismayed to learn that the building will be torn down.
I do support mixed use, I like the idea of a grocery store in downtown Encinitas. That has been a major void in that area for the last few years.
Underground parking is a good idea, I assume it will be a pay lot though.
I am really against any corporate chains going into downtown Encinitas. I know Crate & Barrel seems fairly harmless but they could just kill the other little boutiques in the area. The city needs to talk with these other small business owners before going forward on that.
But man, I am really nervous about the new building. Mixed use sounds groovy but the great fear is getting a horrific mixed use building like the one that just went in on the coast highway in north Carlsbad. All bling bling and no substance.
I would love to see the building built in the spirit on the existing one but I believe that the city forbids any new metal buildings.
Why? Because we are a yuppie suckhole, that's why.
Volleyball dude Steve Timmons is current co-owner of the building. Remember when he wanted to fight Mike Tyson?