So, this monstrosity endeavors to be erected a scant four blocks from my house. On each drive or walk by the Coming Soon sign, I wonder: what the hell is a Traçage and, more importantly, WHO in this city is going to live there? While I tearfully and painstakingly admit to an 11-month sentence at the Saulet Apartments (and hated every single, last minute of it and got out the moment I found another suitable place), few move to this city looking to live in high rises that look like they belong in Destin or Punta Gorda.
According to City Business, “units range in size and price from roughly $200,000 for a 573- square-foot condo to $2 million for a 2,900-square-foot, two-story penthouse.” I get allergic smelling hay and just adore a penthouse view like the next Gabor, but not on Calliope between low warehouses and the old beauty of the Lower Garden District! The people who named this building should understand that le contexte est plus fort que le concept. In other words, the building doesn’t fit the local scenery, goes against the city’s required grain of affordable housing, will probably turn into urban blight borne by locals and makes no economic sense, even using the “what the market will bear” mantra. It ain’t no architectural marvel, either.