Info Gluttony

America, Land of Strip Malls and Luxury Condos

Posted in thinking about cities, urban planning by echan on January 2, 2008

A surprising host, Drew Carey walks us through local government’s abuse of eminent domain for Reason TV.  In both instances (National City near San Diego and Hollywood), the municipalities are using eminent domain power to make way for luxury condos.

Closer to home, the phrase “boutique city” has replaced Manhattanization as the phrase du jour to describe Ess Eff’s continuing construction boom and demographic changes.  (I’ve previously blogged about this here and here.)  Perhaps this is why, one of my favorite songs from LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver is “New York I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down.” Luxury highrises, a surbanite’s idea of urban living.


Oh, yeah, and if you do venture out of the city, this is how the suburbs greet you.  Oh, how I remember the boring strip on buses between Baltimore and NYC and NYC and Boston.


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  1. ToastyKen said, on January 3, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Yeah, look and I look around Sunnnyvale, and it’s damn hard to find anything photograph-worthy. 😛

  2. ToastyKen said, on January 3, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Although I should add that One Rincon is just as much of an eyesore.

    Which I guess is the point of your post. 😛

    Although, at the same time, a bunch of ugly apt buildings can be their own aesthetic, too, like how Vancouver reminded me of Asia:

    Celebrity Targets

  3. eflan said, on January 3, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Well, luxury highrises are the urban equivalent of living in a gated suburban community. They are homogenous, and people drive straight into their garages, rather than interacting at the street level (which in some stretches of SoMa is filled with boring chains).

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