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Morning Links: Protective Measures

Do you really need a roll-down gate on H Street? [Post]

How do you get someone to give up their Plexiglass? [DCentric]

Is there anything redeeming in Brutalism? [NYT]

More Metro riders = lower fares? [Post]

National Women's History Museum, investigated. [HuffPo]

The kids don't want to drive so much. [Better!]

The state of the District bike lanes. [D.ish]

Occupy merger talks are underway. [DCist]

The great streetcar race of 2012. [TBD]

Walmarts behind schedule. [Post]

MoCo's a lot less valuable than it used to be. [Examiner]

Nothing like a good city model. [AtlanticCities]

Finalists come up with solutions for Mall design. [AP]

Should a record store be treated like a pawn shop? [ArtsDesk]

Make Gehry rework the Eisenhower memorial! No, break ground already! [Post, Post]

Today on the market: Live in the Cathedral.

  • TM

    I'm no big fan of modern architecture, but I believe brutalism *can* work, given the right context. The one context I know from experience that it can work in is rural college campuses. Set in a lush green setting the harshness of the materials doesn't seem as imposing. Once you get over the concrete, the neat thing about brutalism buildings is that it produces so many quirky and even cozy spaces. Lauinger Library at GU has some of this. But it doesn't really "fit", plus it just wasn't really a well executed example of the style.

    I can't say I've ever seen a brutalist building work in an urban setting, though.

  • http://nwhm.org NWHM

    The Huffington Post article on the National Women’s History Museum is filled with errors and omissions. More here: http://www.nwhm.org/about-nwhm/faq/huffington-post-response/