Today's moment of architecture

State Education building night 2017-11-16

Architecture moods around West Capitol Park Thursday night:

The Capitol: LOOK AT ME!

The Smith Building: I just want to efficiently finish this file and end the day.

The State Education Building: Hello, friend. Come on over, let's sit and talk.


It boggles the mind to see what state government was able to accomplish in the past....I compare this to any of the more recent government buildings like the dump across from the palace theater or just about any recent high school, post office-mail facility, or other government entity. Why do we not demand more for our hard earned tax dollars. Why must we supppy the government with a never ending amount of money for pensions, money for sexual abuse defense, and other perks while our cities and infrastructure crumbles?

LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING, on opposite side of park: Hello darkness, my old friend, I've come to talk with you again.

You realize the State Capitol was not finished because it was so incredibly overbudget and past deadline, right? The amount of money it takes to make public buildings look pretty doesn't sit well with the armchair municipal budget watchdogs (q.v., BS's post history).

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