Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

He Photographs Tall Buildings at a Single Web Site! It's Captain Haley!

Thanks to Captain Haley from who has made a very cool web site which tracks the taller buildings in Santa Barbara with an interactive map and photographs. I'm liking the concept of creating a catalog of these buildings as Santa Barbarians begin discussing just how high is enough regarding building height limitations.

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Anonymous Pearl is a Gem said...

The Pearl Chase Society has long been putting together a photographic survey of all streets in Santa Barbara.

You can help by simply taking pictures of every house or building on your own street and adding them to their files. There needs to be a complete baseline of our city so the entire area can be re-created over time.

If we don't help this street photo project now, you can see that our past can be lost forever as newer and larger buildings, built well beyond the intended constraints of the zoning ordinance continue to get approved by the city.

There are many watch dog groups in this town that in small ways have its best interests at heart. And all could use more resident support and participation. And ongoing financial donations.

The Pearl Chase Society works quietly and effectively on preservation matters. It is an excellent group to support.

3/11/2008 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Captain Haley needs to update his project list and map. The following three projects do not exceed 45 Feet.
1. Arlington Village = 43 Feet
2. 517 Chapala = 40 Feet
3. Radio Square = 40 Feet

Check with the Architects Peikert Group and Conceptual Motion. It's important to have the facts straight.

Hope this helps!

3/11/2008 10:41 AM  
Blogger SBGirl said...

I am not sure Captain Halely's map is correct on the buildings over 45'.

3/11/2008 11:18 AM  
Blogger SBGirl said...

I don't think the map is correct.
Most of the proposed projects are not over 45'.

3/11/2008 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Captain Haley said...

The map, which I understand was created by MNS Engineers, Inc, showed proposed projects which have since been modified. The Captain's Log is constantly being changed to take new information into account. Some new buildings have been called to my attention and I am working on more photos. Thanks for your attention!

3/11/2008 6:31 PM  
Anonymous less is more said...

The photos in the canonization section are misleading because they were obviously taken from up in the air instead of eye level.
Also a narrow angle lens was uses so as to concentrate at the street and not show the huge monster 4 story buildings at the side.

When one is walking on the opposite side of the street one looks directly at the new monster 4 story buildings. none of the photos in the website include looking direction at the new monster 4 story buildings. WHY NOT? What is Captain Haley trying to hide? a monster?

I challenge captain haley to take a shot from Anacapa of the canyon between the 4 story county administration building and that ugly new monster 4 story city parking garage.

No one is saying we have canonization now. what we have now is low density small town one and two story charming character. Captain Haley misses the whole point. The point is that if we don't put a stop to these 4 story smart growth mixed use monstrosities now, that in 20 years when we get another 200 just like those monstrosities on Chapala that pout town will no longer look like those photos that Captain Haley took. His photos represent the "BEFORE". go take a photo of the back of that monstrosity Chapala one at the corner of Chapala and Gutierrez. I defy anybody to tell me that after we get another 200 just like it that our downtown wont have ugly canonization.

There is only one Santa Barbara. There will never be another one. It is a result of 80 years of caring citizens just like those who are now getting signatures on a petition to lower the maximum allowed building heights downtown from 60 feet to 40 feet.
Our beautiful town was created without the benefit of the so called "smart growth" wisdom. It is "smart growth" that will ruin this town with its high density quantity over quality.

Most of us will choose quality over quantity any time and that is going to be the downfall of high density "smart growth" .

3/15/2008 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Phil said...

I have posted some before-and-after shots here

3/15/2008 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Captain Haley said...

Thanks for looking at my photos. Actually all my shots were taken at eye level. Most were from across the street from the subject buildings, because that was the angle that took in the whole building.

I had been thinking that shot down Anacapa might be a nice one, and I will try to add it.

I have no agenda with these photos; I just want to get out and see what the discussion is really about.

Do be sure to look at Phil's photos, too...they are very well done.

3/16/2008 7:57 AM  

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