If you’re a Gen Xer, you likely remember well the image to the left, which is a Borg spaceship hoovering over Earth from an episode of Star Trek: Next Generation. In the show, and in a later movie, the block-shaped ship is a soulless place that harbors hideous cyborgs — partly human, mostly robot. Here in Kingston, we have a similar-looking cube: the Ulster County Office Building. Although the interior is full of creative, intelligent humans who work hard to run our county government, the building itself is as soulless as the Borg spaceship.
To me at least, this is why design guidelines in Kingston are critical. At the time, over three decades ago, the modern looking county building must have seemed like a good idea. But the building’s design has not stood the test of time, and it does not fit into the rhyme scheme of historic uptown. And this is why the mayor and the city planner, Suzanne Cahill, should be applauded for working to get the Broadway corridor design guidelines in place. Design guidelines insure that new construction and renovation fit into the areas the guidelines direct.
— Arthur Zaczkiewicz