Belatedly, a link to Kosmograd's post contrasting the unified design of Tokyo's metropolitan boroughs with (shudder) 'the logos of the assorted London boroughs, a truly horrific collection of bad clip art, worse typography, pointless squiggles, and the occasional moronic slogan ("The London Borough", "putting residents first", "the brighter borough")'. This reminded me of the municipal logo of my delightful hometown, which you can see above. Despite fitting at least two of those descriptions, particularly in the case of its horrendous typography, I admit to rather liking the fact that (unless someone wants to prove me wrong) Southampton is the only British city which advertises the fact it has tower blocks on its every leaflet and bit of notepaper. Also enjoyable is the yacht passing under the Bargate (which equally curiously, dwarfs the tower), a prophecy of the city's nigh-inevitable total flooding when climate change really kicks in.
* For people with too much time on their hands and a wide knowledge of unpleasant English port cities: we ought to ascertain exactly what tower block this is supposed to be. It doesn't look like L Berger's fine blocks for St Mary's, Shirley or Millbrook; has little resemblance to the (admittedly clad to the point of unrecognisability) Millbank tower of my one-time summer abode, Northam estate; nor does it look like either Eric Lyons' Castle House or the (lamented, at least by me) twin towers (Seifert?) that were knocked down to build the West Quay ultra-Mall. Perhaps, in contrast to how the Bargate gets its own recognisable image, it is merely the pure form of the tower block, a sort of council flat isotype? Alternatively it very, very slightly resembles the drab HSBC tower which welcomes the visitor at the station. Anyone?