Rochester has its fair share of uninspired and just plain ugly public housing projects. Manhattan Square is a prime example, consisting of gray concrete boxes jutting into the skyline.
A lot of people don’t like Erie Harbor or the paint job on the high rise next door, The Hamilton. They think it’s out of place, Disney-like, too futuristic and just plain weird.
It turns out, Erie Harbor is part of a new trend in funky public housing and mixed income apartments. The Urban Land Institute found a bunch of similarly-designed complexes.
I like this trend. People deserve to live in attractive buildings and their neighbors deserve to look at attractive buildings. It’s a win-win!
I hope we see more of this kind of thinking in Rochester. Let’s start thinking about what colors we want to see Manhattan Square painted.