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It's the most listy time of the year/decade, and today New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger files his list of the "most positive architectural events" of 2009. The only real surprise (the mix includes the High Line and Broadway's pedestrian mall conversion) is the inclusion of Brownsville's Saratoga Avenue Community Center, which "stands as a welcome--and welcoming reminder that the city government actually is capable of being a good client when it wants to be." That community center has a habit of provoking strong reactions: the Wall Street Journal's critic issued similar praise to Goldberger's earlier this year, before going on to conclude that starchitects have forsaken their social contracts in favor of making toys for the rich. We're a little disappointed Goldberger refused to go negative. [New Yorker]