Above, the current state (sort of, note the rising of BLUE) of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, a city-owned wasteland between Delancey and Grand east of Essex Street; a wasteland with its very own web presence. Just below that, Arquitectonica's vision for that very wasteland, with "ground-level retail, grocery stores, health clubs, and 20,000 square feet of community facilities." Not sure how old these mock-ups are, because the last we can remember, the whole shebang got shelved on the eve of 2005. Still, it's always fun to imagine what might have been. Two more pretty pictures after the jump.