Plumb Lines

August 25, 2009

The World of Sight is a Prison-House

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Schaengold @ 9:46 am

Megan McArdle and Tyler Cowen both seem to think that aside from the pretty pre-war buildings, what distinguishes Europe and the United States is difference in policy regimes.

You might want to live somewhere just for the sake of its buildings, of course (or not live somewhere: I could never live in the western United States, just on account of its buildings). Buildings are the most immediate physical determinant of the way we conduct the daily business of leaving for the office, meeting friends, recuperating from illnesses, etc.

Update: If this is Denver’s “Urban Design Masterpiece,” the western United States is even worse off than I thought.

David Schaengold


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