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February 2014

James Howard Kunstler : February 1, 2014 11:03 am : Eyesore of the Month

Eyesore_Feb_2014Woe and alack a day! A sign of the times in a hyper-turbo-techno-industrial economy rocking in the throes of meltdown, a.k.a. compressive deflationary contraction. Lo, what was once a dollar is now seventy-five cents. In another month, it’ll be fifty cents and perhaps they can sign up the celebrity “Fitty Cent” to shill for them. I went into this establishment once out of morbid curiosity about a year ago. The shelves were sparsely stocked with merchandise that looked like it fell off a truck in Guangzhao. Box wrenches made out of metallic margarine. Suspicious-looking snack foods in supernatural colors. Toxic this’n’that. This was, of course, marginal retail and we are seeing the commercial rot proceed from the margins to the center. Pretty soon you’ll see the Target stores closing and maybe, here and there, a WalMart. Don’t wring your hands. This sets America on the pathway to rebuilding Main Street economies, along with the multi-layered, fine-grained local and regional networks required to support them — which will eventually translate into local business opportunities for those who can understand the trend. The dollar store pictured above is in my little town of Greenwich, New York, population around 2,500, a former factory village now with no factories — but plenty of water power!

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February 2014

James Howard Kunstler : February 1, 2014 11:03 am : Eyesore of the Month
Woe and alack a day! A sign of the times in a hyper-turbo-techno-industrial economy rocking in the throes of meltdown, a.k.a. compressive deflationary contraction. Lo, what was once a dollar is now seventy-five cents. In another month, it’ll be fifty cents and perhaps they can sign up the celebrity “Fitty Cent” to shill for them. more »

January 2014

James Howard Kunstler : January 3, 2014 11:22 am : Eyesore of the Month
     Behold the stylish wastewater treatment plan in Durand, Wisconsin, 30 miles downstream from Eau Claire on the Chippewa River. Notice the interesting placement of the historical marker billboard with the blank planes of the wall, the single window, and the decorative logo — all very Zen gardenish. Of course, the real love was more »

December 2013

James Howard Kunstler : December 3, 2013 12:05 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Behold this triple-header of 80-plus-story condo towers designed by Toronto hometown boy Frank Gehry for his place of birth (he’s lived in Los Angeles for decades).

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November 2013

James Howard Kunstler : November 3, 2013 9:36 am : Eyesore of the Month

Behold (above) the wished-for outcome of a project that would turn the Interstate 81 elevated freeway that runs through the heart of Syracuse, New York, into a surface boulevard.

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October 2013

James Howard Kunstler : October 6, 2013 8:47 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Behold the conceptual rendering for this year’s official Flint, Michigan, public art project.

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September 2013

James Howard Kunstler : September 1, 2013 7:32 pm : Eyesore of the Month

The new “farm” office campus of Epic systems, a medical software colossus, in Verona, Wisconsin.

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August 2013

James Howard Kunstler : August 2, 2013 9:10 am : Eyesore of the Month

“This proposed new facade for the Petersen Automotive Museum is one of two similar designs that has received preliminary approval from the Los Angeles Planning Department.

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July 2013

James Howard Kunstler : July 2, 2013 9:56 am : Eyesore of the Month

Proposed Film and Media Study Facility by Lafayette College for downtown Easton, PA. This off-campus melange of incoherently orchestrated buildings is anchored at the corner by a blank-wall “Borg” cube.

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June 2013

James Howard Kunstler : June 6, 2013 12:30 am : Eyesore of the Month

The street crossing that ain’t, Marlton, New Jersey.

 

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May 2013

James Howard Kunstler : May 15, 2013 4:10 pm : Eyesore of the Month

The “greening” of America proceeds apace!

  

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