August 04, 2003

Gaper's Block points to this, and I admit the performers did make a lively show this weekend (here's another perspective). I am a little baffled by the motives of the sponsoring organization, which seems to be a chamber of commerce-type thing. Having worked in this area since 1999, I'm puzzled by what they're trying to accomplish with this boosterism ("you just can't find another downtown neighborhood with virtually everything anyone could want"). Yes, there are some nice parks and more condos than there used to be, but the "new east side" is hardly a triumph of new urbanism--it's canyonville. With its overbearing skyscrapers with stark modern exteriors, very few trees and very few walk-in places like restaurants or services (there are restaurants in the lobbies of the office buildings, but they're not visible from outside), it's pretty stark. What could anyone want? I'd settle for a few charming sidewalk cafes and some people-sized stores.

Posted at August 04, 2003 06:36 PM

Oh, sure, and next you'll be wanting someone to import Greenwich Village.


Posted by: mike on August 4, 2003 08:11 PM

It be really nice if we could have cafes on squares that don't have cars. A car-free area. A dream.

Posted by: brian on August 5, 2003 09:16 AM
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