Posted by Steve on July 02, 2003 at 12:21:42:
In Reply to: Zaha Hadid brings subtlety to Cincinnati. Not something it's used to. posted by Jasper on June 16, 2003 at 07:25:54:
The author is a real snot...or should I say real snob. Most appalling is the way he sneers at the poor. Sounds like the kind of guy that would place a cigarette butt in the tin of a beggar. A real gem of a guy!
Regardless, one never expects a snot to have any favorable impressions outside the cultural realm of the top cultural centers.
According to the author, architects like Hadid should build only in New York or other high brow locales. So the fact that Cincinnati was the first Hadid building has somehow been turned into a negative. And any attempt for cities like Cincinnati to build exciting environments, such as the collection of buildings designed by signature architects at the University of Cincinnati, is simply misguided and wrong.
One could go on about "facts" as presented in the article. Like the "full blown race riots" that happened "a year ago." It wasn't a year ago. Full blown is Los Angeles, with billions of dollars of damage and dozens dead. Cincinnati: $1mm damage and none dead. But Los Angeles is the better city for it, I suppose. Los Angeles is where a Hadid building belongs.
The "historical fragments" Cincinnati possesses are non existent in many major American cities, particularly the fast growth areas of the South and West. Multiple hundred year old plus neighborhoods are abundant and intact. Funny that a city so routinely accused of clinging to its past is now criticized for having so little of it.
I don't care how respected the author is. This article is a load of...
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