Sometimes I think that corporate architecture is getting out of hand.
Have any of you seen a new Honda dealership?
How about an old Pizza Hut converted into a discount Mexican or $1 a scoop Chinese buffet? (that darn roof!)
In the two cities in which I have experience as a planner, I have seen the desire of applicants to maintain corporate image tie up the local planning process, even threaten to move said outlet to the Town Next Doortm! I have mainly seen this with new Wendy's being put it, and the corporate gold/copper roof and we've recently had a hearing for a Chic-fil-a where the applicants flew in a cronie from headquarters just to preserve an obsenely plasticized "Drive-thru canopy" (to protect us in the high plains DESERT from rain) In this case, we conceeded and the canopy was allowed.
The main argument we get, and probably you yourself, is "that no one will recognize (said establishment) without (said feature that is being argued)" I'm gonna start crying in a minute
Anyways, do you all have any experiences to match? What about standards? I have seen in regions of the US where corporate outlets have conformed to a local/regional architectural theme (i.e. Santa Fe, Jackson Hole, New England towns). What are your experiences in dealing with this sort of thing?
DISCLAIMER: Written while consuming first cup of coffee. I apologize if the focus and direction tends to dance around a bit, but the general theme should be there...