|It's just a personal opinion but it's a really, really strong one which the two of us share: That the Stripes gas station (corner of SH 96 and West Walker) is "flat-butt ugly" (per Becker as quoted by GCDN (paywalled)). |
This Googlemaps screengrab above shows that corner before it descended into esthetic ruin. I have always hesitated to publish a pic of the Stripes itself for fear of attracting the wrong sort of attorney communication, even though all I'm expressing here is a Constitutionally-protected personal opinion which - thank God - the majority of our City Council shares with me. They wisely decided to deny a special use permit for Stripes to erect yet another similar visual atrocity on Main Street. And in so doing, they gave me a journalistic "out" on my own commentary.
Screengrabbed from Google streetview.
(1) Substantial investment in the Gas Dude, which is more than architecturally appropriate for the area.
|It may have a funny name, but they put some serious big bucks into all that stacked stone. In a visual quality sense, it even outstrips Buc-ee's, which now sets the bar for C-stores in southeast Texas (and beyond). |
Screegrabbed from Yelp.
|Artists's rendition creengrabbed from this site.|
|Screengrabbed from this site.|
(4) Aaand then on the southwest corner of that same intersection, we now have this:
|No tasteful natural building materials, no neutral tones whatsoever... how is this even remotely consistent with the established architectural character of our area?! |
Screengrabbed from this GCDN article.
|Would it not coordinate beautifully with one of these? The colors appear to be a perfect match. |
McDonald's playscape screengrabbed from this site.
|Tap to expand. Text of my GCDN comments.|