When you see drawings for proposed architectural projects, they show an idealized vision with pleasant environs consisting of wide, neatly landscaped streets and pedestrians and dogs walking among minimal traffic. My eye was drawn in today’s local newspaper, the Plain Dealer, to an article about a new condominium project on a street that is very close to the university I used to work at and so I am familiar with the neighborhood.
But there was one thing that jumped out at me. Notice what looks like a river flowing from the center-right end of the drawing to the top left, with a series of bridges crossing it? Well, the bridges are there but there is no such river. What that land actually contains are railroad tracks at below street level.
I can imagine that when it comes to marketing the condos, the developer would find it far easier to sell them with a picturesque river and waterfront walkways as a backdrop instead of grungy railways. But unless they are planning to flood that area and create a new artificial river, this image is so unrealistic as to be laughable.