What I find most interesting about this is that one of the first things I've heard from a lot of folks today is that they're concerned an "ugly" building will take its place. Even the Journal Sentinel's forum on Pizza Man memories saw a few comments:
...I have no faith in a developer creating a building that will go well in
that space. Say hello to a glass and steel monstrosity.
Let's hope the
building site isn't disgraced in the same way with an anonymous strip mall.
I hope local officials are paying attention and will make sure that not
just any building is allowed to replace what was there.
It seems to me that more and more people are growing sick and tired of the hip and trendy architectural styles that are popping up all over. And in a city known for its brick, is it really that surprising?
Look, I'm as much for innovation in architecture as the next guy, but when you look at some of the recent commercial and large-scale residential development that's been going on, it really seems to take away from the city's character. That one of the first things people worry about when an old building is destroyed is what sort of monstrosity will replace it should be of concern to city leaders and developers alike that people are starting to get used to, if not liking, the fact that your building is ugly.