Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Fixing the Mall of America

No, I don't mean this one. I mean this one.

Andrew Ferguson (of all people!) has a great piece in the Weekly Standard about the troubled future of the Washington Mall, one of my all time favorite public places.

Although he wisecracks about planners --

Urban planners are like libertarians: They're wonderful to have around so long as their advice is never, ever followed all the way through.
-- he also admits that most of what's good about the Mall is a result of their work, and comes to the reluctant conclusion that an intervention by do-gooding, buttinsky urban planners is necessary to make sure the Mall will be a great public place in the next century.

Read the whole thing.

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