U.S. presidents are often trend setters. However, must Olympia allow a developer to turn the “Mistake by the Lake” into our very own “Trump Tower”? The proposed tower, also known as “Views on Fifth” will have a slick watery skin, trendy green wall, with a splash of native art as a “nano-wink” to Native Americans. Nonetheless, it will block views of Puget Sound, unless you are rich enough to live there.
The Views on Fifth architect touts the plant wall on the side of the building as “green space.” Unless it is designed to be a public climbing wall, the potted plants embellishing this gilded tower will not be the kind of green space that the public can utilize.
The public voted for a parks district so that a park can be developed on this site through which people can stroll, run and play. Views on Fifth is “pay to play.”
While a “green wall” may look trendy today, it may not be in vogue 10 years from now. Chicagoans built parks on their waterfront back in the nineteenth century because they knew that waterfront parks never go out of style and only contribute to nearby land values over time.
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Must Olympia build its own gilded tower in tribute to the rich? The current federal administration in the “Other Washington” is doing enough to look out for the “one-percenters.” Must Olympia follow the “Trump Trend”?