Have you ever travelled through some communities that looked just so plain ugly, but could have been very nice looking because of its potentials? If so, then what are they?
Personally, my best example is Trenton, ON. It's on the Trent-Severn Waterways, at the mouth of the wide Trent River that flows into the Qunite Bay, with a small mountain (without a snowy peak!) on the west side of the river, sizable hills all around the town, and a waterfront that faces the northern shore of the Quinte's Isle that's lined with endless stretches of luxurious and luxuriously-wannabe waterfront homes. It's a town with a population 16,770, according to Statistcs Canada.
What makes Trenton so pigsty? The horrible pulp and paper smell that dominates the town especially on hazy and still air days in the summer. Hotels, schools, and residential areas are facing towards industries, located next to the railways, and away from the Trent River. The CFB (an air force base) dominates the east end of the town, but is still surrounded by ugliness. Illogical street plans have been laid out throughout the town. People seems to grunch, grimace, and grin as they walk through downtown. Cars rush to the crappy malls, to dungy-looking industries in the north end of the town located next to the 401 (which doesn't encouragingly or kindly welcome out of towners to come off the highway and stroll through the town), to pawn shops, or to get the heck through the town and never look back.
By the way, the real estate market in this town is always much less active and house prices are lower than those in nearby communities.
I would love the chance to bomb Trenton and redesign the whole town based on its potentials oozing from its waterfront location.
Here's a map of Trenton, sponsored by Mapblast: Map of Trenton and its vicinity The dark shaded area in the east end of Trenton is the CFB. And, because of the merging of different muncipalities, Trenton is officially known as Quinte West, which was based on an assumption that Belleville, the next town going westwards on the 401, would rename itself as Quinte East, which never happened. Maybe that explains a bit about the mentality of the town.