Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Veritas et Venustas will be moving from massengale.typepad.com to blog.massengale.com. See you there.

Personal posts about topics like the glories of the New York Yankees will move to jmassengale.tumblr.com or blog.massengale.me: TBD.


Happy New Year



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Philip Johnson Quote of the Day

Philip [Johnson] was always a perfect gentleman of the old school. But once I saw his wit and grace take an almost grandfatherly form.

It was at the end of a splendid fall day that I had spent with him at New Canaan, reporting an article I was writing for Vanity Fair. My wife and children arrived to pick me up. As he came out of the Glass House to greet them, casting long shadows in the golden, late afternoon sun, my then-four-year-old daughter surveyed the Empyrean scene and its ancient,white, wizard-ish lord.

He welcomed her, and she looked up at him and earnestly asked, "Were you here when the world first started?"

"At last," he replied, taking her two little hands in his, "someone who 'understands' me."

Kurt Andersen



December 31, 2013 in Architecture, Jokes, Quote of the Day | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Monday, December 23, 2013

VV REDUX: Jung On Traffic Engineers

The psychotherapist Carl Jung wrote about everything, including traffic engineers:

All time-saving methods, to which alleviaton of traffic congestion and other conveniences belong, do not, paradoxically, save any time, but simply fill the time available in such a manner that one has no more time at all. The result of this is inevitable, breathless haste, superficiality and nervous fatigue with all the related symptoms like nervous hunger, impatience, irritability, distractedness etc...

I found this at a public transit blog. Also take a look at their most popular link, P.J. O'Rourke's paean to the car in Give War A Chance ("...even if all these accusations are true, the automobile is still an improvement on its principal alternative, the pedestrian. Pedestrians are easily damaged. Try this test: Hit a pedestrian with a car. Now have the pedestrian hit the car back.... Which is in better shape?").

December 23, 2013 in Culture, Jokes, New Urbanism, Quote of the Day, Urbanism | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

#Bloomberg Administration London Envy Softens—City Planning Withdraws East Midtown Upzoning


"Key members of the Council said on Tuesday that the proposal — to rezone a 73-block area into a district of sleek glass towers that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said would make New York competitive with London and other world-class cities—" New York Times: End of Proposal to Raise Skyline on the East Side

The Shard—Europe's Tallest Building—pointed to by supporters of the East Midtown upzoning as the type of iconic building New York needs.The office space has no tenants, and all the apartment buyers have been absentee investors from other countries. Eighty percent of The City is owned by foreign speculators, and Britons are responsible for only one in four residential transactions in central London, because of the high prices brought about by foreign speculation. In other words, they're even worse off than New Yorkers.

November 12, 2013 in Architecture, Current Affairs, Jokes, New York, Urbanism | Permalink | Comments (0)