What's wrong with lots of these pictures?
- The two parcels in the strip of buildings on the fountain block and the two lots between Bayview and the Oyster House have (to nobody's surprise) been dropped from the rezone proposal.
- These images don't show what will be built — only what's "proposed." Once the rezone is approved, the developer can come back and say, "Sorry, the proposal just didn't pencil out. We're going to have to do it differently." At that point, they can build anything that the new zoning allows. (The actual buildings won't look like the shimmering Christo art projects mirroring the water and the sky in the city's revised slides, either.)
- Tri-way's pictures do not show the other high-rises that the zoning change will allow - only the first phase of building that they are planning. Nor do they show the effect of subsequent similar rezone requests which are likely to be irresistible once these buildings are up. The city's pictures don't show the spaces on top of the buildings that would be filled by up to 18 more feet of sheds for HVAC machinery.
- We don't actually see through wide-angle lenses or panoramic lenses like the ones used for these images. When you look at a view, what you actually see clearly and experience is only the center of the scene; everything that the camera lens lets you see all at once in the left and right sides of many of these photos is just a vague blur in real vision. (Real estate brokers love these lenses, because they make the rooms in ads look so much bigger!) Wide photos make the buildings feel much smaller and really dilute what the proposed changes would feel like when you were actually there, looking yourself.