New York grew up before the automobile. And even though it's full of cars, its shape and form didn't get created around the automobile.
Integrity has been enhanced.
Los Angeles, Houston, Denver, Atlanta: those are all cities that really didn't get big, didn't hit their stride until the 20th century.
The taste of people with large bank accounts tends not to be on the cutting edge.
I don't usually go in for reviews of buildings that aren't yet built, since you can tell only so much from drawings and plans, and, besides, has there ever been a building that didn't look great as a model?
For most of the nineteen-seventies, the official route map of the New York City subway system was a beautiful thing.
Infrastructure creates the form of a city and enables life to go on in a city, in a certain way.
We identify New York with the great bridges and tunnels and roadways and subway system and so forth.
It fills one with a sense of architectural possibility.
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