Friday, December 9, 2016

Building Paranoia, Revisited

Back in 2012 I wrote a post on the proliferation of "defensive" architecture in the neighborhood, especially fences, barbed wire, and security cameras. You can read it here if you like.  I recently saw another good example of security overkill on Greenleaf.  This fencing protects a tiny parking lot for the former Jewel Laundry (now Ethiopian Cultural Center) just to the east. They use barbed wire to keep the razor wire in place.  The tower in the background was part of the original heating plant, although it looks like the height was reduced at some point.


  1. Funny, I've walked past that hundreds of times and never noticed. But now that you point it out, it does seem a bit excessive. The gate alone should do the job.

  2. Thanks cpapunk! Part of the problem is that the building was placed in way to create the service area on the south instead of orienting it to the alley. I wonder if steam laundry facilities were required to keep a separation from their neighbors based on the risk of fire from the oversized heating plant. Maybe worth looking into...