When I think of architecture, I like to imagine it as an art form that makes the area nicer by its very existence.

I also think when a city constructs something new, it should add beauty to the streetscape. But that's not always the case, is it?

Wherever you go, in virtually every city, you're going to see a plug-ugly building or thing, like a water tower over a golf course or a piece of art in front of a federal building or an all-concrete university that's as unappealing as an all-concrete Boston City Hall. What were they thinking?

Is there one architectural eyesore you loath around the SouthCoast? I'm including ghastly painted, unpretty, pumpkin orange-painted homes, art forms, sides of buildings, remnants of the hippie generation and such.

I know it's right about here that some of you are silently thinking that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but give it a go anyway. Maybe you've passed that brick tower or senior housing complex so many times that you're used to it being short on looks, but step back and let's hear from you. Maybe others will disagree or agree, but I'm interested in your unvarnished opinion about the ugliest building around.

By the way, is that unsightly APEX Building still up in nearby Pawtucket? If you have more than one offering, I will accept dishonorable mentions.

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at phil@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.


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