“America’s Urban Future”

Architecture Here and There

Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence. (goprovidence.com) Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence. (goprovidence.com)

Vishaan Chakrabarti, a partner in the New York starchitect-wannabe firm SHoP (yes, the now almost mandatory ridiculous name), has nevertheless written an excellent piece about urban/suburban trends for the New York Times. It suggests that the feds should shift away from their decades-long strategy of taxing cities in order the bribe people to move to (or stay in) the suburbs. He paints an optimistic statistical portrait of where things are headed in America. It is called “America’s Urban Future.”

Just happened to see this nice image of downtown Providence. Why does it make me feel guilty? Well, I am hoping to charm readers with this image of my city, but it is a lie because the owner of the Industrial Trust, who thinks the city and state will assist him to redevelop the beloved Art Deco treasure, has doused its glorious golden…

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