Architecture review: Anaheim's rail hub | Culture Monster | Los Angeles Times
The first phase of the project — the station itself, covering 66,000 square feet — is essentially fully funded already, by a mixture of county tax money and state bond and transportation funds. But if the state’s high-speed line is delayed or killed, or if the mixed-use portion of the development is never built, the station could wind up rising grandly over a collection of parking garages or empty lots, alongside a mostly dry riverbed.
A central part of high-speed rail’s appeal, of course, is environmental. Going by train from Anaheim to San Francisco — a trip high-speed advocates say could take less than three hours — is far more efficient, as far as carbon footprints go, than traveling by Southwest or SUV. High-speed rail is a fundamental part of the growing effort, known as green urbanism, to make metropolitan areas more sustainable and less dependent on cars and suburban sprawl. In that sense, ARTIC, whatever the shortcomings of its striking but somewhat derivative architectural approach, is poised to take up a position as the most prominent piece of green architecture in Orange County and one of the most prominent in Southern California.