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Architecture in a Development 'Ice Age'

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New York architecture writer Justin Davidson uses a new exhibit on modern buildings approved in historic districts to launch into a monologue on the Landmarks Preservation Commission and what the building boom's bust could mean: "Often, [LPC] sends mixed signals, urging courage but rewarding caution and accepting mediocrity. The current development ice age gives New York a chance to consider what kind of city it wants to be when the money starts oozing and the earthmovers slouch again. We should use the pause to take a hard look at the city's protected neighborhoods, not to savor their timelessness, but to imagine how we want them to change." [NYM]