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Behold, the new San Diego Superior Court tombstone… er, light box… er, hydroponic grow station… er, Pez dispenser (remember them?)?  Nominator Joshua Hardgrove says: “It ironically consolidates San Diego County’s criminal trial, family, and civil courts into a 25-story monstrosity. Bringing all your problems into one central location, sure that sounds like a wise idea — consolidating California’s worst criminal offenders with custody hearings, divorces and separations and will and testament readings. Serial murderer at 2:00 PM, custody of 9 year old at 2:15, Lunch, Child court case at 3, Tee time at 4.” The ground floor and street treatment form the perfect setting for anxiety attacks as you contemplate the weight of California justice coming down around your ears. Plenty of free parking. Califiornia, “The Parking State!” Lots of work for valets!

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11 Responses to “January 2019”

  1. AKlein January 2, 2019 at 6:55 am #

    Actually, maybe this “edifice” makes some sense, in a perverse sort of way. Many of the dysfunctions of society are to be sorted out in its hallowed halls (I wonder, does it even have halls?) Maybe the inscrutability of the building will help create a helpful milieu for adjudication. It’s all relative, you know. Dysfunction is function. Ain’t having more money than brains fun?

  2. Wxtwxtr January 4, 2019 at 10:29 am #

    A tall skinny version of the Phx Fed courthouse!
    The “White Elephant With The Heart of Darkness”.

  3. Zarko Straadi January 4, 2019 at 12:47 pm #

    “Hey, let’s go to San Diego to see The World’s Largest Bookcase!”

  4. Michael12 January 5, 2019 at 2:28 am #

    It Is a very good to develop one place for the people bringing all problems into one central location here people different hearing of small crimes and the divorces and separations and they set the time for every hearing I wanted to know more about this court and then I’ll put this information into hnd assignment writing online and tell the people about who don’t have any idea about it.

    • swazimoto January 11, 2019 at 10:12 am #

      To my eyes, it resembles one of those stark brutalist buildings that lined the plaza in that old Planet of the Apes movie where the National Guard is called out to massacre those simians with grievances. Surrounded by open plazas, perfect for unobstructed fields of fire complete with concrete backstops for maximum ricochet effect.

  5. Martymcfly January 6, 2019 at 8:01 am #

    Doesn’t look that bad to me; I actually kind of like it. And I do see mass transit right outside the door, a rarity in Southern California.

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  6. jayrome January 6, 2019 at 1:46 pm #

    OK. . . several architect firms submit proposals right? Who makes the final choice? An aesthetic moron? A family member at the firm awarded the contract? A duffel bag of cash or Cayman Island deposit account? Stupid is as Stupid does?
    The US Navy can always use it for target practice?
    I’m always baffled by the choices offered and who the decider ultimately is.

  7. bugs January 16, 2019 at 9:48 pm #

    25 stories? Is this merely consolidation of courts or a Field of Dreams kind of thing for out-of-work lawyers? I say go for broke and make it 10 stories higher, put in a DMV, and just make this wreck the closest facsimile of Hell we have here on Earth.

    Please note also that they have retained the design of the sky bridge connecting directly to the county jail. At this place, there is no chance of escape for criminals. Nor will there be escape for the unlucky jurors, who will be even more inconvenienced by this. Good luck finding anyone to answer those jury duty letters!

    Maybe gentrification and housing shortage will later cause this to be repurposed into a luxury apartment community. The adjacent jail can be also be converted into ‘studio’ apartments. We can call it this community, “The Slammer, on Broadway”

  8. ritar January 18, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

    It is reassuring to see that the spirit of ancient Babylon lingers on. The courthouse appears to be on an almost perfectly flat site, yet it features a flight of steps up to the entrance (and I assume an accessible ramp tucked away somewhere). The tradition that the gods must live on artificial mountains and be approached by stairs seems impossible to stamp out.


  9. lateStarter February 3, 2019 at 2:33 pm #

    Honest question. Does San Diego have a tram system or is this ‘futuristic’?

    • lateStarter February 3, 2019 at 2:39 pm #

      Ok. I guess they do. I see they have a 3 line trolley system in place that gets decent ridership. Every decent sized city in Poland has an extensive tram system in place. I take the train to Warsaw, then get on the metro or a tram and then walk a few 100 meters if necessary. Works well, but we still have more and more cars on the road every year and no parking.