Milwaukee ex-mayor on 195

Milwaukee's waterfront. Photo by Alexandra (Petrova) & Bharath Wootia.

Milwaukee’s waterfront. Photo by Alexandra (Petrova) & Bharath Wootia.

I am gratified to post the comment of former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist, who revitalized the city’s downtown in the 1990s before spending a decade, I think, as president of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Responding to my post “By the book on the 195 land,” John writes:

The Commission should ask itself what adds value to Providence’s adjacent existing neighborhoods. The proposal looks like an attempt to impose sterile modernism transplanted from Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia. It will degrade value and undermines the purpose of relocating the expressway.

The 195ers should listen to someone with real experience and not just opinions. So should Governor Raimondo and Mayor Elorza.


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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