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Hundreds of Marina City condo owners are banding together to stop a controversial renovation of the towers' entrances and elevator lobbies, reports archicritic Lynn Becker (a resident himself). The condo board is spearheading renovation plans (already commenced) that many feel will cheapen the heavily used spaces. The underlying issue is the board's acceptance of donated design in the interest of avoiding a special assessment. On that, Becker has this to say: "Actually paying for good design - oh, the horror! If these were the people Bertrand Goldberg had to answer to when he originally designed Marina City, they wouldn't be living in a world-class masterpiece, but an upscale version of Cabrini Green." Zing! [ArchitectureChicago PLUS]