Bad Design: The Redevelopment Zone Hotel Tube

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Broad Art Museum irks many, but adds to the landscape

If there is one thing to be said for the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum ( Web | Twitter ) nearing completion in East Lansing, it is that everyone seems to have an opinion on it.  Buildings in East Lansing have a few different feelings, ranging from depression-era projects, cheap glass and steel ventures from the boom years of the 1950s, and a few structures pre-dating World War I.  The Broad Museum, a project of Zaha Hadid Architects, sticks in your eye, which is exactly why I like it so much.  Not every building on a college campus should look the same.  The new design helps to give the Michigan State University campus a more timeless feel – suggesting that the university has lived through more than one time period.  It shakes up the routine of college buildings that are nice to look at, but predictable.

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From the Daily Show – Revenue Crunch for States

Main St. Anytown U.S.A. http://www.thedailyshow.com http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:item:comedycentral.com:371595 Most states (47 of 50) are out of money and looking for ways to generate revenue without increasing taxes or changing tax structures. The fear seems to be that if taxes are increased, businesses and people with higher incomes will leave the state and relocate to other states where taxes are lower. I think this argument is too simple. It’s impossible to have low taxes and a high standard of living. A high standard of living means good schools, affordable health care, transportation infrastructure, clean and safe neighborhoods. That has a cost. It’s a … Continue reading From the Daily Show – Revenue Crunch for States