I've had to drive past the Embassy lately. I hadn't done this in a long time, as I don't go downtowm very often. It reminded me how much I hated the placement of the US Embassy smack dab in the middle of what is one of the most vibrant areas of our city. It should never have been allowed.
It's an ugly building, it has stolen a whole lane of traffic in an area which is congested to start with, the 'security' needs means police with guns everywhere, and it's a threat to every other building around it.
I hate it.
Note the lovely concrete barriers stealing a whole lane!
Here's a shot from the other side, clearly no better: