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September 27, 2007


Chris Jepsen

When they removed the old Cafe/Sunshine building (1906) it was replaced with something that just didn't fit. For starters, the new building is really too tall for the historic structures on either side of it. But major problem is the setback, which doesn't match anything else.

How did this thing get approved?

I posted some information about this project (including a "before" picture) on my own blog back in February:


Chris Jepsen

A Philisophical Addendum:

As long as we're pointing out problems, I should also mention the beige monstrosity on the left side of the photo.

Like the adjacent Pierside Pavilion, it replaced local historical landmarks with character-free masses of nothing-colored stucco. (And yes, it's also too tall and has a goofy setback.)

We should have retrofitted and revitalized buildings like OBarr Drug Store (Jack's), and the Golden Bear instead of destroying them. Trying to look like a soul-less corner of South County was a mistake. We should have just tried to be a better Huntington Beach.

Luckily, there's still time to save SOME of H.B.'s historic core. Maybe we can't build a solid historic district like Orange, Santa Ana or Anaheim, but we CAN develop intelligent planning policies for the future that will help us preserve, restore and maintain our historic resources and remind us of we are and where we came from.


You're the only one who got it!!!!!

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