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"First thing we do...

...let's kill all the lawyers," Shakespeare's Cut-Throat Jack suggested. jolest and I would add marketers and salesmen to that, and after we get done with that lot, we might profitably turn our attention to urban planners, who don't know what they don't know about crime in the big city and apparntly can't learn from history any better than any other academics. The article hs a lot of interesting things to say about the ruinous idealism exhibited by the devotees of Le Corbusier, and manages to talk a lot about the benefits of private/small-group ownership of parks and other public spaces while avoiding the "tragedy of the commons" cliche. RTWT.

(Via Mitch Berg, who was teeing off on the Strib editorial board this morning.)


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Nov. 13th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
I read Berg's piece (specifically, the part that talks about competition) in Joe Soucheray's "Buddy the Light-Rail Engineer" voice. Much funnier.

I like the train. I use it all the time to go to the airport. It works just fine getting me there, whether ad-wrapped or not.
Nov. 13th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
Mass transit systems in general are a subsidy of the city folks by the suburban and country folks, though in this town a lot of the bus service during rush hour seems intended as a subsidy to the upper middle class so they can read the paper and drink their coffee without having to worry about crashing into the other drivers. That having been said, I don't have an issue with the ads on and in the trains. It's no uglier than the industrial zones of south Minneapolis the train goes through.
Nov. 13th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
Hm, the articles linked seem to relate to my recent posting regarding cubicles. Private space = defensible space. LeCorbusier should be scorned for a variety of reasons. I wonder if he was ever forced to live in one of his own designs.

Speaking of architecture: Channel 5 just listed the new Guthrie as being one of the "7 Wonders of the Twin Cities." Are these people high? The new Guthrie is UGLY! And why did they have to paint it to make it look like an IKEA? I'm tired of having these horrible exercises in architectural narcissism forced on us, the public.
Nov. 13th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I don't think Le Corbu ever had to live in either Pruitt-Igoe or les banlieus de Paris, although it would have served the utopian, mechanist bastard right. Sometimes I think the cities in Brave New World were done by him...

Agree completely about the new Guthrie. I would rather have had an IKEA there, myself - -it certainly would have looked better and done more for the city. The whole perversion of architecture these days makes me wish I'd stuck to my guns and learned how to blow stuff up s a combat engineer...no, then I'd just be tempted to perform violent acts of art criticism, and that would be Bad.
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