Kendrick Place Saturday morning just before the mist rolled in
Normally I post to this blog first, created a tiny url, come up with a snappy one sentence teaser, and then post to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, which combined drive about 33% of my traffic.
These days I also post a fair amount to those three social media sites photos or slice-of-life incidents that don't quite rise to the level of a full-story blog post.
But this is the first time I'm doing a blog post based on a simple Facebook item, which as of now has attracted more feedback than any Facebook post in my short history (beating out I'm sad to say a picture of my darling daughters from a couple years back.)
Obviously Kendrick Place is a lightning rod guaranteed to attract attention. Kind of like cute kitty videos on YouTube.
Some people see it as an ugly monster dominating the skyline in the northern end of dowtown, while others see it as a tax generating symbol of progress that helps to fill the number one need in the town today: housing.
Interestingly enough as of this writing the simple Facebook photo op has drawn 32 comments, but only seven outright negative. More interestingly it also has 37 "likes," and I assume my friends would not hit the like button unless they kind of liked the idea of the building.
Kendrick Place in the mist (some would like it do disappear altogether)
Or maybe it was just the artsy photo. Oddly enough the mist rolled in 5 or 6 minutes after my drone went airborne and had already snapped a few photos. When looking at my iPad Mini monitor I at first thought it was just condensation on the lens but a glance up quickly proved otherwise.
Carriage Shops: future site of One East Pleasant Street
Whatever the case, with all this attention generated by a five-story mixed-use building with only 36 residential units you have to wonder what's going to happen when One East Pleasant street goes up pretty much next door -- with over twice that capacity.
I hope the developers plan to install extra heavy duty lightning rods.
UPDATE 8:30 PM So I'm pleased to report I have a new winner for all time high likes on Facebook (yeah, that was quick):