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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.

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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 the four-book series of World Made By Hand novels, set in a post economic crash American future. His most recent book is Living in the Long Emergency; Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward. Jim lives on a homestead in Washington County, New. York, where he tends his garden and communes with his chickens.

One Response to “May 2011”

  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.