Monthly Archives: January 2006

Freestyle Parking Enforcement

For years, city agents have been affixing florescent green stickers to cars that breach the alternate-side-of-the-street parking regulations in an effort to make their owners’ feel guilty for hindering the city’s ability to sweep the streets. The other day, I … Continue reading

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Dreaming of a New Penn Station

On a train ride to Maine two weekends ago, my girlfriend, Susan, and I thought a lot about Penn Station, the once grand station whose destruction ranks alongside the building of the Cross Bronx and Gowanus Expressways as one of … Continue reading

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A Disaster Narrowly Averted

I took a ride up to Times Square today to buy the International Herald Tribune, which published my letter to the editor today in response to more nonesense coming out of the pen of David Brooks. On the way back, … Continue reading

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Rebirth of the Dwyer Warehouse

Back in March, I bid a sad farewell to the Dwyer Warehouse, standing partially demolished at 123rd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem. It had for years been my favorite building in New York City — a building that … Continue reading

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Boston’s Busy Downtown Retail District

In my continuing quest to bring you photos of all the surviving buildings designed by Henry J. Hardenbergh, startsandfits.com took the train most of the way up to Rumford Falls, Me., last weekend to photograph the Rumford Falls Power Co. … Continue reading

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SUV’s Either Are or Aren’t Safer For Children

There was an odd combination of information that hit the Internet last Monday. First, a study from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia published in Pediatrics and reported in the Ivanhoe Newswire, in which “researchers examined crashes reported to State Farm … Continue reading

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The Dow Hits 11,000!

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, composed of 30 securities traded on the New York Stock Exchange, which this evening is decorated with a patriotic display, closed above 11,000 today for the first time since June 2001. That’s great! This is … Continue reading

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A Suburban Defender’s 800-lb. Omission

I received a copy of “Sprawl: A Compact History” by Robert Bruegmann (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2005), for Christmas, and have so far read only the introduction. This book, received a glowing review in, where else?, the Wall Street Journal … Continue reading

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