In the rural South, where I'm from, the big running joke is that directions are often given in landmarks, and the even bigger joke is that those landmarks don't even have to be there any more for them to be used in wayfinding. Perhaps the biggest joke of all? I still do it, knowing full well every single time I give someone an empty direction, but somehow finding myself helpless against it.
Ann Arborites who have been here for more than a few years will remember the old Kroger shopping center on Packard. "Old", in this case, means that both the shopping center is old and its anchor tenant is an erstwhile one: the Kroger closed in 2009. Since then, this otherwise thriving part of time has been the object of intense scrutiny. What, we wondered, would get packed into this site that for some reason is a story and a half below street level?
We finally have our answer.
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Architectstasy is a resource for the current, past, and projected built environments of Ann Arbor, SE Michigan, the U.S., and occasionally the world. Jessica A.S. Letaw and invited critics present critical readings of the city's trajectories that are situated within architectural discourse as well as news that is pertinent to residents and citizens.