Most on this website would advocate for more density, especially near downtown. Obviously, some would not. "We" was not meant to be all-inclusive.
All of the neighborhoods surrounding the project and the Short North Alliance sent letters to UARB endorsing a higher density and more appropriate design. It's a sizable, albeit not exclusive position.
This project is a good example why form-based code or some spin-off is needed in Columbus.
Can you say more about what that is and perhaps how that would apply in this situation or others like it? Or PM me with details, if it might derail this thread.
What I can say, is that while the building is clearly not ideal, but
1) it is much better than it was as originally proposed as a direct result of community members collaborating,
2) it is much less harmful to Brothers Drake, Middle West, Circus, Travonna, etc. and
3) it will hopefully serve as a bridge to connect the flow of HIgh Street along the Short North into the University District.
Yet, the silver lining for this project is not the architecture; the silver lining is that it brought a number of neighborhoods, organizations, and districts into collaboration to find a workable solution. Hopefully, these newly forged partnerships and commonalities will be a foundation on which we can build for the future.