Of course, other things leap out, too, on first impact back in New York: glacial air conditioning; cars that seem as big as studio apartments; chirpy customer service—any customer service; cheese that’s not so much cheese as oil poured into plastic; Amtrak, a national train service roughly twice as expensive and twice as slow as that of any self-respecting (albeit debt-ridden) European country. And then there are the significant social differences: gay people being super out and proud; people of color, and women, in positions of actual authority.
Why is the home-building industry stuck in the 1940s? “Past approaches no longer answer today’s demands,” the architecture professor Avi Friedman writes: “Every step of the process needs to be reconsidered.” Read his suggestions for improvements.
Last week, Mexico City’s incoming mayor Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo announced a competition to redesign the city’s young logo. The backlash has been swift.