Sunday, August 31, 2008

Buildings I like very much

Commercial space on the ground floor, residences above.  Simple.

Does this make sense to you?

I simply do not understand this.  Imagine being in a wheelchair on this sidewalk.  Oh, wait--it gets better.  Up ahead, the sidewalk ends completely.  But space for cars?  No problem!

Non-working fountain

So today I decided to walk through this building in Downtown Palm Springs.  Dead, dead, deadski.  In the rear was this lovely wall fountain that was not working.  


The building looks like it was built within that last ten or fifteen years and is actually quite attractive.  

What exactly do city leaders do?  

Dead Mall

This is the great tragedy of Downtown Palm Springs.  Such a crying, sad shame.  Shame on all involved.

Lovely Desert Architecture

Built back when they knew how to build lovely buildings on a human scale.  Why can't we have buildings like this anymore?

Woman Walking Dog Downtown

This shot is so Palm Springs, it's not even funny--LOL.

Lovely Desert Architecture

Here's an example of what they used to build in Palm Springs:  lovely buildings with shops on street-level and apartments above.  It made sense to Urbanist Jane Jacobs ("The Death and Life of Great American Cities") and it makes sense to me.

Dead Mall

Photographed on Sunday, August 31, 2008.

When I first moved to Palm Springs, I was shocked by how many vacant stores are in the downtown area.  Then I visited Wal-mart on Ramon Road and realized why.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Homeless Man in Palm Springs

Customers arriving at World Gym

Near Sunrise and Vista Chino in Palm Springs, California on Saturday afternoon, August 30, 2008.


Photo taken in Palm Springs on Saturday, August 30, 2008.

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