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April 2012

Presenting the new Regional Transportation Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, another humdinger from the anti-urban bureaucratic goodie-bag, clocking in at $13 million.

 

kunstler's eyesore of the month April 2012

Presenting the new Regional Transportation Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, another humdinger from the anti-urban bureaucratic goodie-bag, clocking in at $13 million. By the way, do they mean “bus station?” I suppose they dare not speak those words since, in our culture, buses are for losers. Yet, the building expresses that idea perfectly. “Losers board here!” In fact, the style of architecture might be called Loser Attraction Box Moderne. Note the awkward massed form, the pointless change-of-material cladding gimmick, and the horrifying blank wall with its offensive texturing decoration.

Below, one block away, note Greenfield’s downtown viewed from Court Square with its traditional Main Street buildings presenting a coherent urban ecology with some decorum and grace. WTF?

Kunstler's eyesore of the month april 2012

Thanks to Jimmy Drinkwater for nominating this one!

About James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

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