Point taken. However, I was talking about self-loathing in a very broad context. We build shit, but literally cannot face it. I agree with the reasons.
Here in Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan has been effective at putting up new buildings that have the character of their neighbors of yesteryear. They've put up some steel and glass shit as well, but haven't mixed the two that I've seen.
Of course, UofM has a largess of embarrassing proportions, so they can do what they please.