A Representation

If you write about buildings too much, you get pegged as an ‘architecture’ blog. Write about episodes, people, or the laws and tribulations that govern the makeup of a city, you are a political blogger, or urbanist, or maybe even a gossip writer. Saying New York is unique is like saying water is wet; it’s also a little presumptive because, after all, what city isn’t?

This concept that drove the creation of this site was, blithely, to chronicle the dissipation of ‘downtown’ culture as it was largely conceived by so many people witnessing it from afar and up close. It was a concept that was intended to fail, since culture isn’t fixed, and though the idea of ‘downtown’ was fluid and diverse in its own right, many people living hard up against it might think of it as rather exclusionary.

All that’s pretty fancy thinking. I wanted to write about the New York I was chasing. Thinking I could find it somewhere between the fascinating spaces here and the people that populate them, I started writing about that. The preponderance of knowledge I had about design relative to the amount of living one could do after allowing for the time to make rent (that, and write a blog) meant that I tend to drift into more removed conversations about buildings and the management of the streetscape they occupy. Much of that was a panicked response to the vicissitudes an unprecedented (and unsustainable) expansion in the real estate market — hoping another lonely, indignant voice in the wilderness might be able to at least push the tanker in a better direction. The slow down in post rate and increase in bitterness therein should be a good indication of how well that went.

Now that online publishing has, erm, evolved, into smartphones and 140 character snippets of wisdom, this creaky, rusty machine looks like perhaps just the sort of vestigial repository at least one person needs. Thanks for coming by.

Oh, lots of people get a little hot under the collar about minor issues of attribution. This blog has always been authored by Nic Musolino, proprietor and operator. Welcome.

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