One objective for reopening the Will Rogers Arena topic was to give an impetus to thinking about creating more public plazas, especially in light of what is generally regarded to be the excellent reviews of the New Sundance Square Plaza. Places like the cultural district and the stockyard district come immediately in mind for the creation of a plaza specifically tailored to their identity.
And even downtown where currently a surface parking lot exists once the site of the Landmark Tower. The demolition of the Landmark Tower revealed a panoramic view of some outstanding architectural buildings; a view and an openness that I have come to admire. When and if XTO Exxon decides to build upon the Landmark Tower site, a site being as prime a location as any downtown; I will actually feel a bit of sadness at the lost of this view which will be shadowed by a super tall structure. Our fellow blogger, RD Milhollon states its well for me:
"At the recent Forum meet on Sunday I briefly discussed with John my feelings about the potential for the block formerly occupied by the old Continental National Bank / Landmark Tower building. I think this would make an excellent urban space, especially when the rest of the block where the Waggoner Building is located is developed.... I like the idea of how the planners of Savannah GA placed public spaces about 3 blocks apart when the city was laid out in 1733. Savannah is very walkable, and each square has its own unique qualities that set it apart".
Be that XTO Exxon might choose to squeeze in a super tall structure on the Waggoner Building Block and choose to use the Landmark Block for underground parking topped with a pavilion so that this magnificent view can be preserved, then that would be awesome. It is probably too much to ask and quite unlikely given the economic metrics; and yet, it remains a hope of mine.