The unfortunate thing is that allowing poor quality design/architecture like this downtown directly affects surrounding property values, sets a precedent that this type of development is acceptable, and it doesn't differentiate downtown architecture from that of the suburbs - there should be a distinct difference in materials, quality, density, size, etc. If this isn't enforced, the very thing that makes downtown "downtown" is diminished. Appropriate design regulation downtown is needed - not so much that development is extraordinarily burdened, but enough to make sure quality and cohesiveness of the urban setting is maintained.
Cohesiveness to what, though? Should this have resembled the Lazarus building? The adjacent skyscrapers? The nondescript architecture to the east?
Here is the rendering for a new project in one of the 2 or 3 most bustling, developed corridors in Washington, DC, which is a much, much stronger real estate market than downtown Columbus. Do you see how it's.....basically the same as what's going in at Columbus Commons? I understand that people want something "amazing", but really, what matters to people are the amenities and the context, not a bunch of bells and whistles. The apartments at Columbus Commons deliver on amenities and context, and they're appealing aesthetically.