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Looking Back On Progress

March 10, 2007 - Looking Back On Progress
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Camera: Pentax Spotmatic, Super Takumar f3.5 28mm lens. Buffalo, NY.

I find it ironic that sometimes we have to go to cities that are in absolute crisis to actually find good urban form. Narrow highrises such as this one are a rarity in Toronto, but seem more prevalent in American cities. I think a city can achieve high densities with medium-rise form that is much more humane in its scale. However, this building found in downtown Buffalo, is a good example of how you can go higher without creating massive, faceless monoliths like we build today. Its footprint is no bigger than a 5 or 6 storey building, and it actually has a pleasant character.