A longtime reader offers this suggestion for what it to become of the St. Petersburg Pier:
“Saw your post about the third, fourth, twelfth, (I’ve lost count) redoing of the Pier with an emphasis on maintaining a St. Pete personality. I know it’s not new, but that Pier is perfect to imitate San Francisco’s Pier 39.
“I couldn’t find a good, real-time image, but this rendering offers some ideas. Imagine redesigning the Pier similar to this, while moving the farmers’ market to the Pier, adding a carousel at the approach for Ella and other kids to ride. … Something like that, with modern updates to compliment the Dali Museum and other features of downtown, would be awesome.”
I agree with this reader, not just about Pier 39, but the philosophical approach necessary for designing the new Pier: Less is more. Let the bustling’ city fill in the blanks, rather than over programming it.