Artist Renditions of the 'New' Fourth Street for Santa Ana: Bye-Bye, Virgin of Guadalupe!
Goodie! Only problem is the plans didn't specify which buildings were which--but I figured them out. Compare Calle Cuatro with the "renaissance" that is the new Fourth Street after the jump!
And notice the white spot near the exact center of the illustration? With the vestiges of a railing? Here, let me blow it up:
Right now, that spot is occupied by a tiled mosaic of the Virgin of Guadalupe that has watched over Calle Cuatro for years, the very Empress of the Americas at the top of this post. Is it going to get disappeared, or was its exclusion from the plans an honest Brave New Urbanist oversight? Enquiring minds want to know!
Next up is the view looking north on Bush Street from Fourth Street. This is how it roughly looks now:
Now, the renaissance:
Look, I'm all for removing fraudulent Mission Revival-style architecture from the county, and I think we can all agree stucco should disappear from the Earth, but the above design replaces that cliché with a loft look--indeed, my first reaction was that they look like the cousins of the Santiago Lofts, and those look like the lofts I saw in the gentrifying parts of Denver. And those lofts look like some I've seen in Los Angeles. And those . . . you get the picture. And that two-story window thing (sorry, I'm not an architecture geek) that replaced the mock bell tower looks like part of the design scheme at Chapman University--and I don't mean that in a kind way.
Finally, a look south on Spurgeon and Fourth. This is an older shot because the carousel is still in it.
What happened to Mariscos Tampico? Does it know it's at the very least going to lose its sign? Can I get the phone number of the chick in the daisy dukes and chaps in the center? And why do I get the nagging feeling I've seen this building before--did I see this design at a Walgreen's? A Shoe City? Wait . . . that looks like Chapman!
Sorry, Brave New Urbanists, but what ustedes are proposing is as sterile as a scalpel before open-heart surgery. This is the "renaissance" for downtown? I might as well venture to Aliso Viejo.