From Astoria Ugly:
Just, just: ugh. It’s apartment-complex-at-the-commuter-train-stop architecture, shoehorned into Queens rowhomes. With ample parking, of course.
Yes, well that's what infill looks like, pal. Remember when you commented that you "live in a city and appreciate the value of density"? (Sorry, but this sounds like something a transplant would say.) "Oh, the suburbs are so boring!" Well, Astoria is part of a city and the borough it is situated in hasn't been considered suburban for about a century. Most parts of Queens used to be quite lovely and, if you look back at my nostalgia-tinged posts about past places of enjoyment, not boring. Of course, this was mainly before infill. These days, if you don't visit a spot for awhile, you end up not recognizing it when you return. Large public gathering places are replaced with the sort of "cram in as many as we can" structures pictured. Hell, they are even selling off pieces of Queens' signature park for development.
This has been going on for a long, long time and sadly, the last person to actually try to do something about it - believe it or not - was Claire Shulman.
A variety of architecture that strikes the right balance is desirable. Nice big houses on large lots with lots of trees, apartment buildings with courtyards, rowhouses - they all have their place. Blocks containing walls of blond-brick Fedders nightmares replacing architecture containing life-affirming features, I can do without. An 8-story building sticking up like a middle finger where there previously was a one-family house, I can do without. And I think most people feel that way.