Ding dong

Check out the new plans for a gazillion-room hotel at Destiny. Some people think it looks like Jack’s famous beanstalk (lots of jokes about garden crops needing thick layers of manure), but most think it looks like the Emerald City of Oz. The Post-Standard has the scoop, and a photo.

“This is a day of energy independence for Syracuse and her descendants,” enthused one Common Council member after the press conference. “Any doubts I had about this project are now morally, ethically, spiritually, physically, positively, absolutely, undeniably and reliably dead.”

“Ignore that man behind the curtain,” he added.

5 Replies to “Ding dong”

  1. Was there an architect? No name attached– and, yes, it does borrow heavily from the Emerald City, with the polluted lake standing in for the field of opium poppies. Is it opium fumes that make the no-name architect see the lake and sky so blue?

    This is, in fact, the ultimate in beggar-thy-neighbor economic development. If we had a statewide referendum on “should we move all the conference and shopping sales tax to Syracuse?,” I think that it would not be as gung-ho a response as Mayor Driscoll’s. Greenwashing the project is a nice distraction, but, Glenda, the Good Witch, says that you have had the power all along (Yoda agrees, BTW). The lesson of the sub-prime lending debacle is that we just can’t steal our way to prosperity. Click your heels together and say “There’s no place like home” and you can do real economic development– not stealing your neighboring counties’ hotel tax revenues– as well as the man behind the curtain with his silly, subsidy-inflated balloon of hot air.

  2. I looked at the artists rendering of the hotel. I kept thinking that green tubes are destined to make Central New Yorkers think think that the buildings are made of or coated by some type of hyper industrial rot — a combo of the old oil storage tanks and recycled carcinogens from the bottom of Onondaga Lake…

    BTW did everyone see the article in the TU about the ubiquitous presence of PBDEs in our bodies? See: http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=637489&category=REGIONOTHER&BCCode=HOME&newsdate=11/9/2007

  3. Mrs. Mecomber…I’m not making any statement on Destiny or its proposed hotel, but how we extract, process and consume energy is both a spiritual and moral matter. You know, that whole climate change thing…and that’s only one small cross-section of the pattern.

  4. We took a look at this place, after we read your blog, and ended up sending links to the photo to people we know all over the country. It is really wild looking.

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