|Jeff Fries |
I will never look at suburbia the same way again
|Caminante Nocturno |
That is an excellent, well though-out point, so of course it's never going to see fruition.
This guy is a joke. As if you would think about how crappy the pavement was on your street just before you die.
I thought this was really interesting. There is no way it deserves a one star treatment.
|Aubrey McFate |
...brought to you by BMW. Hmm.
On a related note: I live 30 minutes away from Hot Springs, Arkansas. If ever there were a city that exemplified all that he says, that one would be it.
|Billy Buttsex |
Okay, I don't personally believe that architectural design causes urban problems, but I don't think it's helping anything either. 5 stars for the witty, interesting delivery, and some great ideas.
man, OF COURSE it creates social problems - look how a bleak day affects your mood, then think of it as a perpetual shadow cast by a building; or tight, claustrophobic alleyways and roads; dingy gray sidewalks, devoid of vibrancy; imposing structures looming, and so forth....
architecture plays a HUGE role in social issues
There are some really nice, vibrant places in Boston, for the record. City Hall is awful, as a destination or hangout, though.
Fuck you concrete dwellers, yards and walls not connected to one's neighbors are the great fruits of civilization.
As much as I agree with the basic principles of space usage and planning (I am urban and have been since I was 10 years old), I find him to be unfair in not considering that many people are extremely happy, or at least no more happy than your average Parisian, with their sprawling suburban lifestyles.
Some people think the Wall-Mart and Starbucks built in the middle of nowhere is the greatest thing that could possibly ever happen to them. Jrr likes WalMart because he can buy new socks there. He probably has dates at the Applebee's that built itself next to the WalMart. He probably has a friend that works at the salad bar. I don't think it's genuine to not look at all communities as uniquely evolving entities, as displaced and empty as they may seem to urbanites.
At one point, Brooklyn was nothing more than a sprawl of small towns, which then became chains of boring, ubiquitous brownstones which were met with the disdain of aesthetically sophisticated urbanites from Manhattan. Those very brownstones are now considered to be beautiful, historical, authentic, and the very picture of them in a person's mind conjures up feelings of community and children playing jump rope next to cranked open fire hydrants in the summer.
I grew up in Reston, Virginia, which is now part of the largest sprawl of ugly houses and franchises in the country. I was horrified to see everything being torn down and developed as a kid. Beautiful meadows, which acted as the battleground of the Civil War, where I would find arrowheads and snakes, were torn down to build horrific office parks and minimalls. I visited some friends there a couple times after moving away only to be reminded of how empty it was. This is what some people consider paradise, however, and there is nothing stopping them from ordaining the kinds of functional spaces that this man is talking about.
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