The new South Ferry station: repaired, reinforced, and reopened

After five years of effort and $369 million, the New York City Subway's new South Ferry station reopened to the public at noon on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. Here are photos of the restored station, repaired and reinforced against future storms.

Checking out the old South Ferry station before it closes forever

The original 1905 South Ferry station was reopened in 2013 after hurricane Sandy's storm surge devastated the new South Ferry station. I went to check out the old station before it closes — possibly forever — in the coming months.

Check out my piece in the latest issue of Utah Planner

I'm happy to note that my October 2013 blog post entitled "Collegiate brutal: Why brutalist-style buildings are so common on American college campuses" is a featured article in the latest issue of Utah Planner, the newsletter of the Utah chapter of the American Planning Association. In the piece I highlighted a recent article by J. Bryan … Continue reading Check out my piece in the latest issue of Utah Planner

Collegiate brutal: Why brutalist-style buildings are so common on American college campuses

Were brutalist-style academic buildings really designed to thwart student riots and counterculture? Probably not, writes Slate's J. Bryan Lowder. The more likely reason: because they were cheap. University administrators were looking after the bottom line a little more than they were looking to quell student aspirations. Though, as any student who has taken classes in a cold, colorless, concrete brutalist building may tell you, they may have succeeded in doing that, too.