Another point of distinction is that New York luckily escaped the Robert Moses era with its best historic neighborhoods still intact. The success of the preservationist movement since the 1970's has had a significant effect on New York's architectural legacy. The gentrification of neighborhoods like Chelsea, Soho, etc. has been tremendously positive in urban design theory as their value finally became understood. Chicago thrived as an architectural center in the 20's-60's when there was little value seen in historic preservation and the city quietly lost a great deal of their historic structures and neighborhoods. I've been looking through Adler & Sullivan's catalogue raisonne and over 50-60% of their Chicago buildings were torn down between the 50's and 80's. It's a travesty.
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5/9/11 at 2:02am