Topic No. 2 on development is the Hope Point Tower, the nearly 600-foot residential skyscraper being proposed by The Fane Organization.
Almost two years since it was first proposed, it has gotten approval from the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission.
But Fane’s renderings show a building whose design is wildly out of character with the other tall buildings in the city, and its scale would dominate the skyline.
Some say that is exactly what the city needs. Others find it an offense not only on a design front but on what it does not provide, which is affordable housing.
The conflict between the state’s interest in injecting investment capital into the former I-195 land and city residents’ preservationist bent is one that needs to be resolved.
There is no conflict between rehabilitating the region’s Industrial Revolution-era mills and welcoming new and striking architecture that moves the region forward. Western Europe has been connecting the old and the new to pleasing effect for years. Isn’t it time Rhode Island tried to do the same?