C.V.: The Center of Architectural Beauty?

On of the most absurd comments made during today’s board meeting seemed innocuous to many but not to most Castro Valley residents.

An official from Sutter told the board of supervisors Castro Valley deserves an “iconic” building like the planned $300 million hospital.

Despite a few sarcastic comments that renderings of the hospital and a video screened before the audience looked like “a four-star Four Season” the building does look impressive, but does make you wonder whether the lounge would serve beer and cocktails.

There’s a problem though. Residents of Castro Valley have been adverse to anything remotely iconic in the town for decades. In the 1990s, an eye doctor painted his building located just off Castro Valley Boulevard and Redwood Road a bold shade of deep purple. For unknown reasons, the office received death threats presumably by people against the musician Prince.

Residents followed that up by protesting a large sign on Redwood Road welcoming visitors exiting from the 580 freeway. It was designed to give the town a focal point, but was later uninstalled.

These are the people who deserve beautiful architecture? There’s hope, though. The French didn’t take to the Eiffel Tower at first.