The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

by Yule Heibel on September 20, 2009

  • I love David Byrne’s music, but in this essay for the Wall Street Journal I think he somewhat over-reaches himself. Why? The essay is muddled. He includes too many contradictory pronouncements. For example, that big and dense is good, but that you need the “village” thing for safety & security; or that LA isn’t dense (I believe it is, actually); or that lack of density creates narcissistic attention-getting ploys; or that “human scale” needs to be achieved through some process of “compromise” (left undefined), and so on. Furthermore, his closing sentence really confuses me: “My perfect city isn’t fixed, it doesn’t actually exist, and I like it that way.” He likes that it doesn’t exist? What does that mean?

    tags:, david_byrne, cities, urbanism, jjacobs

  • Added a comment to Monday Magazine’s article on Victoria’s Johnson Street Bridge debacle.

    tags: johnson_street_bridge, victoria, blue_bridge, infrastructure, municipal_funding, municipal_politics, comments

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Christina Mitchell September 23, 2009 at 9:34 pm

From one David Byrne/Talking Heads fan to another I have to say that his last sentence makes sense to me – I’ll avoid leading into the obvious ‘Stop Making Sense’pun – for the simple reason that it sounded like a line from a David Byrne song. That’s his voice. I liked the way he put his thoughts together for this article. He just flows differently. Muddled? He just has a free association way of writing. Hope I’m making sense! Thanks for the link Yule.

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