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I agree with Russell getting the ground floor right is one of the most important functions of the Design Commission. Too often we see creative elements stripped away by the D.C. that are purely aesthetic choices. If we are truly concerned about good urban design we would be better to place our efforts on context, scale and massing rather than color and other aesthetic choices. Individual building details will change over time but the overall massing and context of the built environment is more lasting and therefore for more important to get right.

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