Thanks for this parade!

Thomas the Tank Engine in today's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Screen Shot from NBC by David Brussat)

Thomas the Tank Engine in today’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Screen shot by David Brussat)

Thanks for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, that’s what I say. I have been watching it this afternoon, and after a while it occurred to me that NBC had placed every one of its cameras so that the backdrop for marching bands, floats, balloons and entertainers on the route would be one or more beautiful buildings, with nary a modernist edifice in sight. The producers of this annual extravaganza obviously don’t want viewers to be bothered by tedious glass slabs. Only classical architecture need apply. Accidental? I don’t think so, and I’m thankful for that. Made my day, and that of millions of others I’m sure. So now let’s sit down to a traditional turkey dinner. That’s my plan. Someday citizens will realize the evidence in front of them every day and rise up against the assault of modern architecture on civilization. Someday. But today, happy holiday, readers!

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,, 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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5 Responses to Thanks for this parade!

  1. Pingback: Why Angry Bird is angry | Architecture Here and There

  2. Great one David. I wonder if you could get the network to adit that in some way….?


  3. Ah, yes, Glenn, I promise to do that!


  4. Glenn Turner says:

    Take your victories where you can! Rage on, my friend!
    Happy Thanksgiving!


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