Froma vs. NYT on towers

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E85th St. walkups targeted for tower.

The irrepressible Froma Harrop, my former colleague at the Providence Journal who has started a news/culture website, Silk Stocking, for Manhattan’s Upper East Side, has taken on the New York Times. Taking aim at its editorial of March 11, “Saving a Mixed-Income New York,” Froma condemns Mayor de Blasio’s housing policy: megatowers for the rich stomping on neighborhoods where regular families can still (just barely) afford to live. Read “Clueless: NYT backs de Blasio’s building scheme,” which links to the Times editorial. Her site also links to my post on rebuilding Penn Station, which she supports.

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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3 Responses to Froma vs. NYT on towers

  1. David, I can now get your blogs again. I was with Shell a few days ago and told him I had lost you! I hope all is well with you and yours, Philip


    • I am so glad, Philip. Months ago I stopped being able to send my blogs via my four Gmail distribution lists – they were accused, falsely, of being spam. I employed someone to help me find an alternative to the blog lists, but unsuccessfully, and just now tried resending my latest post via my distribution lists. Thankfully, they have not been blocked. Don’t know how long this will last. Anyone who has not been receiving them can look back at what they have missed (if they like) by clicking “home.”


      • pëllumb says:


        yes, that does sound like Gmail’s spam protection. I recommend you use a newsletter service like MailChimp or TinyLetter. The latter is for free if the amount of people you send this email to doesn’t exceed a certain number (I forgot what it is but it’s a pretty high number).

        If you need help setting this up, email me. I don’t work for either companies, I’m just a reader.


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