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Friday, June 09, 2006

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GC

extremely interesting ... growing up in new york city, though a 'young' city by european standards, i often was amazed at how and why parkways, streets, stations, and whole neighborhoods flowed though identity as if adrift on the ocean. more often then not i found that there were benevolent, sinister, or more shockingly - ignorant forces at work. if one does not see scars on the body, how do you know that the past was real? well, thanks ... there is food for thought in your post.

claire

gc: we like to think, per orwell and 1984, that erasing the past is a sinister and totalitarian thing, but all political entities, all human groups, do it. and they do it blithely, ignorantly, and necessarily. actually preserving historical buildings, sites and ways is a very recent phenomenon. i think the people who built those historical buildings, sites and ways would be mostly appalled, or amused, to see us preserving them at the expense of modern conveniences.

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