It looks like Warsaw, which during Poland’s communist era restored the beauty of central Warsaw after the wreckage left by the Nazis, is selling itself the rope with which to hang itself. Is this what Poland jettisoned communism for? At least Stalin gifted Warsaw the elegant tower that looks, in its massing at least, like Providence’s Industrial Trust (“Superman”) Building.
While obviously they are two different things, I am of Prince Charles’s view – expressed with regard to London – that Poland’s architects are trying to match the accomplishments of the SS and the Wehrmacht. Warsaw’s modernists and capitalists (often the same these days) are willing to destroy the city on behalf of their bottom lines. Is this the free market?
I don’t think so. It’s the free market kidnapped by pirates. Poland is now a democracy, though, so in some degree it owns the situation it has permitted.
The Klaustoon “Pimp My Warsaw” says it all. (Click to enlarge.)