Once upon a time
, (actually, in my day
), lofts were PC
. They were pretty much recycled industrial
space. Even then, they fell (mostly) into two categories
: the barely-livable loft
, and the fancy-pants loft
Today, fancy-pants lofts are trendy. (And is the poster-child for development excess in San Francisco.) Being nonstandard housing, it gives the property developers lots of leeway to make the ground-up lofts astoundingly ugly.
Part of the problem is, being trendy, industrial spaces make more money for the landowner as housing than they did as business rentals. As a result, many small businesses are being evicted for housing development.
See: What's wrong with lofts anyway?