Sunday, May 22, 2011
Was Dominique Strauss-Kahn Also Raping Our Cities?
IT SEEMS that under Strauss-Kahn the IMF has promoted glass towers in cities around the world. Just as traffic engineers told cities 50 years ago that they needed to develop modern arterials and interstate highways if they wanted to remain viable modern cities, the forces of global capitalism now go around the world telling cities they must build towering skyscrapers if they want to keep and attract modern business.
Those arterials, highways and one-way couplets aided and abetted an exodus to the suburbs that killed downtowns. In their own way, the Starchitect towers promoted in Paris, Hong Kong, Houston and Dubai are just as anti-urban.
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