A Tale of Two Buildings
Over at U Towers, a post-doctoral student from Moscow was nearing the end of his six-month sublease. The eighth-floor, two-bedroom apartment he's been sharing is "fine, but it's definitely rather aged," he says. "The kitchen is really small." He says he found his half of the apartment's $1,500 price tag expensive, but he likes the building's location and the pool. The young Muscovite says he was aware Madonna once lived in the building but joked, vis-a-vis its appearance, "probably not in my apartment."
A city historical placard affixed to the wall next to U Towers' Second Floor entrance adds perspective to the changes wrought by the new student rental climate: a view of a lost, mainly residential crossroads and a photo of the incongruous high-rise under construction. Steps away, U Towers' street-level renovation steers that narrative to one of refurbished vitality and good things to come.
As if suspended in midair across the raucous nighttime street, Landmark's gym shimmers with flat-screen TVs and tenants peddling stationary bikes, a living advertisement for an enviable lifestyle, while in and out of both buildings--buildings whose exteriors, at least, represent the fashion of their times--hurry tomorrow's lawyers, doctors, corporate CEOs ... and perhaps a future pop icon or two.
[Originally published in October, 2013.]