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Featured Eyesore of the Month

June 2012

James Howard Kunstler : June 6, 2012 12:46 am : Eyesore of the Month

Kunstler's eyesore of the month June 2012     

Welcome to Cough Triangle, Brooklyn, NY – yes that is its real name – tucked neatly between the reeking Gowanus Canal and the Gowanus Expressway. Evidently, the prankish moniker was cooked up by former NYC Parks Commissioner Henry Stern using letters from several proximate streets: Court, Garnett, and Hamilton. It’s the context rather than the teeny-weeny park itself that rates EOTM status – every artifact surrounding it evinces horror and rot, not least the elevated expressway now on its last legs.

Gowanus Expressway decay fro Kunstler'ss Eyesore of the Month, June 2012

Increasingly strapped municipal governments will be hard-pressed to maintain these monuments of the cheap energy age.

Thanks to Richard Guerin for bringing this to my attention.

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June 2012

James Howard Kunstler : June 6, 2012 12:46 am : Eyesore of the Month

Welcome to Cough Triangle, Brooklyn, NY – yes that is its real name – tucked neatly between the reeking Gowanus Canal and the Gowanus Expressway.

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May 2012

James Howard Kunstler : May 6, 2012 12:49 am : Eyesore of the Month

This street could not be more normal across America. It is Ohio River Blvd, Bellevue, PA.

 

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April 2012

James Howard Kunstler : April 6, 2012 12:50 am : Eyesore of the Month

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

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March 2012

James Howard Kunstler : March 6, 2012 12:54 am : Eyesore of the Month

Techno-grandiosity meets exercise in futility: an art installation, so-called, by Michael Heizer titled Levitated Mass.

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February 2012

James Howard Kunstler : February 6, 2012 1:01 am : Eyesore of the Month

Techno-grandiosity rears its sleek, mystifying surfaces in the proposal for Cornell University’s new Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island, New York City designed by the corporate androids at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP.

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January 2012

James Howard Kunstler : January 6, 2012 1:03 am : Eyesore of the Month

Get a load of where our heads are at in the USA as 2012 arrives on the scene. Family Fun Walk on a nine-laner, anyone?

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December 2011

James Howard Kunstler : December 6, 2011 10:50 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the M2 building, Tokyo, architect Kengo Kuma, dating from wa-a-a-y back in 1991, a Post-Modernist (PoMo) classic (no pun intended).

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November 2011

James Howard Kunstler : November 6, 2011 10:55 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Take a honkin’ good look at this crosswalk in Reading, Pennsylvania (North 5th Street Highway and South Temple Boulevard).

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October 2011

James Howard Kunstler : October 6, 2011 10:58 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the ATT Arts Center (including the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater) Dallas, Texas, designed by New York City based REX architects.

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September 2011

James Howard Kunstler : September 6, 2011 11:02 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the proposed National Music Center in Calgary, Alberta Province, yet another Canadian museum tumor overtaking the organs of a city, designed by Allied Works.

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