As the comics community prepares to invade San Diego for a few days, we’re closely monitoring the local news to alert attendees to any possible hazards they will need to navigate, and here’s a doozy: A giant phallus in the guise of an apartment building is set to rise over downtown San Diego, and it’s giving law-abiding San Diegans a hard time. Developer Sandor Shapery claims the building looks like a flower, but city planners say it resembles a giant 40-story wang.
“With its rounded forms and swelling of the uppermost floors . . . this building structure is very phallic,” Pugh wrote in his critique of the project.
Some downtown residents seem to agree with Pugh. At one public meeting on the design, comments from the audience included “appalled” and “too iconic.” Someone compared it to Las Vegas architecture.
The structure would be erected near the freeway exit that leads to downtown; Shapery is also responsible for building the newish W and the green-tinted Emerald Plaza, which also met with controversy when it went up in the 80s.
After the local criticism of the phallic structure, the architect has agreed to “tone it down.” Perhaps with a dose of saltpeter?