Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Monstrous Tram Stops

These tram stops in Central used to be simple, unobtrusive structures: a flat top standing on slender pillars, all white.

Today, panels fill up all the space between the pillars, and a long one runs the full length of the station on top. Suddenly, a minimalist structure has been transformed into a monster. Now you cannot see the opposite side of the street.

It is understandable the tram company would want to maximize advertising space and revenue. But does that give it the right to block everyone’s view and stifle airflow throughout the busiest street in Central? And does the government even care?

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