When Home Leasing unveiled its plans to build a modern-looking townhome/apartment development near Hart's Grocers, we immediately took notice of the beautiful renderings that were produced by Bryant Design Studios. We're hoping that the project's chosen architectural firm, SWBR, will make good on those visual promises to the community - and we have a feeling they will by the looks of some of their other projects as diverse as the Carriage Factory and City Grill.
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That leads us to this point: with all of the bustling development that has surfaced in downtown lately: Are we becoming a city that can afford to be a little pickier when it comes to demanding cooler looking buildings, beautiful design, and state-of-the-art architecture? It's no surprise that the exterior of a building's facade can make people take notice; it can signal to visitors that we take pride in our city, that we took the time to think, research, and construct from better materials; and with more eyes, ears, and bodies centered in a confined space, one can also argue that beautiful design ultimately makes our streets safer.
But we're neither sociologists, nor criminologists, and we're certainly not professional designers nor architects. We enjoy design, and do take notice when we spot unique, creative spaces that are made reality in our cities across America. As we've traveled a bit these past several years, we've noted a few urban developments that made us say to ourselves, "Wow, I wish there were designs like that in our city!"
The following are some of our favorites from cities across America, and, with the future of Charlotte Square and many other developments in the works, maybe we'll end up with something as cool as these. Feel free to let us know which ones are your favorites.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jason is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. All of these cities offer amazing options for residents, but you'd pay 2-6 times what you'd pay in Rochester for a similar home. We'll let our money go farther here in ROC for the time being. Check out more @theRochesteriat or Facebook.