The proposed garage above is part of a project that is to feature a Rhode Island state nursing school housed in a Beaux-Arts former electric plant. South Street Landing, as the project is known, will also have offices for Brown University, housed supposedly in the old electric plant, and a dormitory that will also be newly built, apparently of a design quite as appalling as the garage above.
Why the state and Brown have not proposed a garage and dormitory that would fit into a lovely setting already created by the electric plant is a question that boggles the mind. One of the very few competitive advantages Rhode Island can boast of is its beauty – and yet it keeps fostering a modernist development strategy that has already eroded its beauty for decades.
More so than any other state, leaders in Rhode Island are close enough to the population to have an idea what it thinks. But nobody with power and authority in government or business here seems to care a fig for what the public thinks of their deteriorating built environment.
It is almost as if our leaders think that poking citizens in the eye with a stick will create jobs.