Parkside: A View AskewBy
When you absolutely, positively want to build your high-rise condominium on public parkland, you have to be willing to monkey with reality and hope no one notices. The Pack Square Conservancy agreed with the City of Asheville and Buncombe County to use a set of guidelines to determine appropriate building specifications. One such specification requires that any building “must maintain a clear view corridor from the Vance Monument to the Buncombe County Court House, City Hall, and the mountains beyond.”
The drawing accompanying this guideline looks like this:
Stewart Coleman has come out with his own version of the Conservancy’s drawing. His looks like this:
In Coleman’s retooled drawing there’s no mention of any “mountains beyond”. In Coleman’s drawing the sightline has moved right up against the corner of City hall whereas the Conservancy drawing illustrated the sightline away from the corner.
Now I’m no design expert, but I can tell the difference between the official drawing and the one Coleman is peddling. If the guidelines don’t fit, Mr. Coleman and his cohorts evidently believe it’s better to remake reality rather than follow the rules.
There’s enough fishiness here without the Parkside team shifting lines and misleading the public.