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Blind Eyes on the Street

Philip Kennicott decries the growing number of "windows" in new buildings that are covered from the beginning with advertisements, eliminating their usefulness as "eyes on the street."

Kennicott explains that despite requirements in many parts of the city for glass at street level, developers are covering up their windows.

He writes, "Look at a CVS or a chain grocery store, and you'll find these dead orifices, stopped up and neutered by panels of wall board or cloth that hide the view into the store. Even as architects struggle to give a feeling of depth and substantiality to our ephemeral commercial architecture, store owners board up these windows from the inside, and thus reveal how thin and generic the space really is."

Full Story: Storefront windows in the District are not what they used to be

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