Friday, June 30, 2006
Would you hire this man to design your city?
Well, he's designing 9 square blocks of Manhattan, and he's doing a lousy job. Long after people forget who Governor Pataki was, we will still have the Ground Zero site and its buildings, and they'll still be bad.
Lady Astor, who often battled with Winston Churchill, once said to him at a dinner, "Winston, you're drunk."
Churchill famously replied, "Yes, and you're ugly. But in the morning I shall be sober."
The work we do in cities lives on long after we are dead. Urban design is not a job for politicians with bad taste.
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