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You Kent Go Home Again.

So the bucolic artist colony that is Williamsburg is under assault by the forces of… grain? Can that be right? Apparently. Lots of paranoid theorizing is going on, of the kind that you might expect of people who think parties where attendees dress up like Jesus in blackface is a cultural zeitgeist that sufficiently inherits […]
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Ain’t no platform high enough.

I’m glad so much energy is being put into saving the high line. Even though it has little historical relevance to anything currently in the city, it serves as a cosmic thread knitting together the idealized vision of high art, high commerce and really fucking high real estate values. Plus it served briefly as the […]
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Easy on the lies.

Hey, did the 9/11 fairy leave new renderings under your pillow too? So best. Splashed on the back cover of the Observer is a glorious testimony to the skill of the Dream Team of architects, the indomitable spirit of American can-do, and the awesome hardware capacity of dBox. It is also the first time we’ve […]
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UTDT.

So people really like real estate on Central Park. This brilliant insight is courtesy the golden pen of Paul Goldberger, a man who was considered (by Michael Sorkin at least) to be an over-the-hill hack nearly 20 years ago. Things clearly haven’t improved. Everyone — okay, Goldberger and Felix Salmon, a man from whom you […]
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Precipitation flows into holes artificially bored in earth: a city recoils in horror.

I know that hed, or some version of it, has been written at least three or four times in the past two days. And it is certainly not to diminish the ill effects felt by the people that got hit by an actual weather “disaster”. Even so, that one photo of the black sedan with […]
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I’m thinking of a number.

With the dog days upon us and the first legitimate heat wave about to break, that means it’s time for everyone’s favorite season: September 11th Memorialization Contrempts! This year’s model doesn’t break much new ground, the singular complaint being the decision to move the ceremony from Ground Zero proper to A Park Across the Street. […]
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Kiss the ring, bitch.

Secret note to Senate Democrats: we were talking about congestion pricing this week — apparently they didn’t get the memo. That was the excuse we heard from a bunch of flunkies who haven’t had to do anything beside say ‘Joe Bruno’ in response to every question asked them since Tammany Hall days: the reason congestion […]
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Chase: the right relationship is staring down at you, balefully.

I was thinking I was going to pen the definitive post on traffic congestion, but you know, that’s one of those topics that I can’t muster the energy needed to make an obvious argument. I think we should put up signs at the border that say “Look, you’re lucky we even let you in” and […]
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See for your yourself: Miss Representation is a dude.

It’s always a joy to have one’s ‘name’ share billing with Michael Sorkin. Below are details of Postopolis, borrowed from the Storefront site. For a full schedule, check out Geoff’s blog. I’ll post some dry and uninteresting recollections of the creaky LISTSERV years of architectural discourse later in the week, and perhaps even some post-postopolis […]
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Whenever anyone says ‘Historic Preservation’ I reach for my hoary cliches.

I have immigrant creds. A kind of middling, inconstant cred (did I make that obvious enough?), leaving me at the short end of the stick, regardless of which I grab: on one hand, you have those who draw the line at Mayflower passengers; at the other, you have the expectation of speaking the native language […]
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