Here is a 10-story Marriott hotel scheduled for October groundbreaking in downtown Spartanburg, S.C. It is lovely, and it is being proposed, designed and built by people quite as human as those who do such work in downtown Providence, R.I., where two cheesy suburban hotels have been proposed that belong out on Jefferson Boulevard, near T.F. Green State Airport.
Is it truly beyond the capacity of Rhode Island architects to design something as beautiful as what is being built in Spartanburg, S.C.?
Spartanburg, S.C., for Christ’s sake!
Is it truly beyond the capacity of Rhode Island developers to imagine building something as nice as this hotel? Is it beyond the capacity of the political leadership of Rhode Island to imagine why the state should seek architecture of this quality? I say quality, not cost, because mark my words, the folks down in Spartanburg, S.C., are on a budget, too. Who is not on a budget? Is it beyond the capacity of Rhode Island newspaper editors to imagine why we don’t have to build junk in order to create jobs?
To be sure, the architect for the Spartanburg, S.C., proposal is not from Spartanburg, S.C. He is David M. Schwarz, who runs a firm in Washington, D.C. He puts his pants on one leg at a time. Can’t our architects do that?