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Posted by somtam2000 on 21/1/2016 at 01:21 admin

Great piece in Awl regarding the NYT's latest "places to go" story,

"Reading the list is worthwhile, however, if you’re curious about what contemporary city and regional governments are thinking—why they’re skimping on social programs and littering their skylines with gherkins and sinuous curving mounds and mirrored, tin man variations on Disney Hall. "

and

"Knowing the list’s inevitability, the way it always swings back around and cycles through the world, cheerleading the rise of some new glitzy ephemera, some new contribution to climate change, some further confluence between culture and luxury, rampaging across the globe on the lookout for relevance, flashing its ad-speak, its absence of self-awareness, its culmination of the travel section’s year long championing of junkspace, it’s a little sad."

Worth a read.

Full story is here and the NYT list is here.

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