Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Friday, February 28, 2003
The Two Towers
Initial blogosphere reation to the design chosen to replace the WTC seems to be largely negative. Personally, I rather like it. De gustibus non disputandem.
As a side note, ambitious projects are almost always denounced at first. Maya Lin's Vietnam Memorial, probably the most successful piece of public architecture of my lifetime, was bitterly attacked when the proposal was first selected. The original WTC towers themselves were widely controversial.
Closer to my home turf, the Transamerica Pyramid was denounced for years, especially by columnist Herb Caen, who was at that time the most influential person in the city, but is now considered a local treasure. Caen ultimately admitted he was wrong, although he never backtracked on his much more justified mockery of the Vaillancourt Fountain. Before my time, one bold proposal was so controversial that several thousand lawsuits were filed to block construction. It was ultimately built anyway (and under budget) and this particular landmark is now widely considered a success.