We've described before how this building annihilates the unique "sense of place" for which Park Slope is famous worldwide. The building looks like it could be anywhere; it certainly has absolutely nothing to do with Park Slope. It is not just "non-contextual"; it actively debases the entire corner on which it sits.
The feeling that this building could "be anywhere" was brought home to us this past spring, while we were driving our daughter around New England to visit colleges. We unfortunately had to drive through a number of suburban strip-style commercial areas, and quite to our surprise, we passed this very same Rite Aid building several times! The building is the same everywhere, right down to the ridiculous diamond-shaped portholes:
Back home, we checked Google Images, and sure enough, the very same building popped up all over the country:
But the unfortunate side effect is that the world itself becomes increasingly flat, the same everywhere, undifferentiated: what Ritzer terms the "McDonaldization" of society.
Fortunately here in Park Slope we still have a wealth of wonderful 19th-century mixed-use buildings housing locally-owned and -operated businesses that do so much to create the Slope's unique "sense of place" and to resist the rising tide of "McDonaldization" that has engulfed nearly the entire rest of the world.
Truly Park Slope is a "treasure hidden in plain sight", as the Sufis might say.
We highly recommend Ritzer's book, which can be ordered through Park Slope's own Community Bookstore: