As author James Howard Kunstler (two of his many books include The Geography of Nowhere and The Long Emergency) often asks, is this a place even worth defending? This whole block screams “temporary” and “not worth caring about.” Here little importance has been given to designing an enduring environment that is inviting to passers-by. This landscape is largely meant for one function only: Buy your stuff and good-bye.
Many cultures around the globe, and especially the American people, have sold their societies to the automobile and even more generally to mass consumerism. In response to a mindset of economic efficiency—cheap and throw-away—large areas of the urban landscape are depressing places such as this. Vast expanses of cold, imposing and inhuman places likely contribute to the increasing levels anxiety and depression being reported in modern society.
It is long past time to have a very serious discussion about how we as a society design all of our urban spaces.
Canon EOS 60D
Canon EF 70-200mm 1:4 L IS USM
200mm, 1/500 sec, f / 4, -1/3 EV, ISO 100
Aurora Ave, Seattle, WA
16 Jul 2011