“America’s Urban Future”

Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence. (goprovidence.com)

Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence. (goprovidence.com)

Vishaan Chakrabarti, a partner in the New York starchitect-wannabe firm SHoP (yes, the now almost mandatory ridiculous name), has nevertheless written an excellent piece about urban/suburban trends for the New York Times. It suggests that the feds should shift away from their decades-long strategy of taxing cities in order the bribe people to move to (or stay in) the suburbs. He paints an optimistic statistical portrait of where things are headed in America. It is called “America’s Urban Future.”

Just happened to see this nice image of downtown Providence. Why does it make me feel guilty? Well, I am hoping to charm readers with this image of my city, but it is a lie because the owner of the Industrial Trust, who thinks the city and state will assist him to redevelop the beloved Art Deco treasure, has doused its glorious golden facade lights. What an ignoramous! Still, it is a lovely picture, and I’ll warrant the lights will go on someday.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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