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May 2011

Presenting the new General Schuyler Emergency Squad headquarters in Northumberland, New York, about six miles east of Saratoga Springs.

General Schuyler Emergency Building on Kunstler's Eyesore of the month

Presenting the new General Schuyler Emergency Squad headquarters in Northumberland, New York, about six miles east of Saratoga Springs. This monster truck garage with attached playrooms represents exactly the kind of political decision that we should not be making now – sinking a million bucks or more into automobile and truck infrastucture in the twilight of motoring. In ten years or less, this building will be obsolete. In the process, we have destroyed a perfectly good piece of farmland that will be needed in the future as food production gets way more local. All that is apart from the awkward ugliness of the building itself and the atrocious color motif: corpse gray with veinous red. Remember: the sum of thousands of bad political choices will be a society unable to carry on the activities of daily life.

 

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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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  1. Alan Art August 5, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    you could also mention the bad outdoor lighting. the worst possible lighting is unshielded, bare bulb pressure vapor etc. floodlights. Installed here on the front walls of the grey box! Imagine what it looks like after dark. you wouldn’t see the building for the glare.

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