Are Lofts Becoming 'Uncool'?

Do 'factory-like' subdivisions spell the end of the loft as a meaningul cultural symbol?
May 13, 2004, 7am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Several months ago I found myself in Frederick, Colorado, one of those featureless expanses of dust that fills with tract houses simply because --traffic permitting -- it's a 30-minute drive to Denver. There I came face to face with the demise of the loft as a meaningful cultural icon... Drawn there by an ad I saw in a glossy real estate advertising magazine called Homes and Land of Boulder County. The developer, Cornerstone Homes, had several pages promoting Ironworks Lofts, a community of 'stand-alone' loft homes, single-family subdivision houses tricked out in industrial brick and steel with names like the Firehouse and the Cannery."

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Published on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 in MetropolisMag.com
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