"The most dramatic relics of long-faded power"

Over at City Lab, Mark Byrnes looks at the Empire State Plaza and other building projects promoted by Nelson Rockefeller. "As time passes, so many of the buildings that represent Rockefeller's biggest ideas take on a patina of inertia. Built as the groundwork for a better future, it's hard not to see them now as monuments to one person's ability to extract big ideas from a system that typically keeps them at bay." [City Lab]

Comments

The article claims The Egg is cracking? I haven't heard this. To me The Egg looks like its doing OK.. In the warm weather the state is always working on the plaza, but generally its in good repair.
Also, Cuomo big project is the Tappan Zee Bridge, not the 2nd Avenue Subway or a Buffalo Solar Factory.. The new bridge will look good when its done.

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