Washington,D.C. Orders a BLT Special
It seems that Philadelphia isn't the only city where Bower Lewis Thrower is imposing its developer-pleasing brand of architecture. Now it's the turn of Washington, D.C. where the firm is designing the city's first Target . Actually, the design is light-years better than most of BLT's artless Philadelphia boxes, since it seems, from this rendering at least, to respond to the urban context with ground-floor windows. Even more surprising for BLT - which never met an parking-deck project it didn't like - this Target comes with below-grade parking. The 500,000-square-foot store is being built in Columbia Heights, one of D.C.'s most troubled neighborhoods. So why can't Philadelphia get Target to come to East Market Street, which is a thriving shopping street? The former Strawbridge store would be just the place for Target. No doubt BLT would get the job of renovating the store interior, but at least we could take comfort knowing they did an acceptable job at the PSFS building.