The quality of construction in downtown Tucson this past year has gone unreported. Get out those cookie cutters! The much-anticipated Marriott is, at best, utterly unremarkable in design. The new McCormick Apartments on South Stone are equally bland and uninspired. The saddest of buildings — the Downtown Motor Apartments — is two blocks south, straddling what remains of an historic Josias Joesler design.

Tucson has no shortage of creative citizens, so why will an industrial monstrosity soon mar the silhouette of our lovely St. Augustine Cathedral? Why are distinctive, mid-century homes along Broadway about to be razed? Destroying Tucson's history is a travesty; replacing these edifices with generic, even unsafe structures is a disgrace. Surely we can do better.

Leslie Kanberg

Downtown

Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.

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