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  •  Making something ugly (3+ / 0-)
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    Noisy Democrat, mofembot, WakeUpNeo

    when you could make it attractive with the same--or not appreciably greater--resources, isn't just about economics. It's about social empowerment, too. People bent on preserving a status quo of inequality and oppression know this. I'm recalling a striking magazine article I read years ago, maybe it was in Utne Reader, or Ms., about contractors building housing projects and being told interior hardwood floors were "too nice" for the crowd they were housing. The arguments about cost and durability didn't hold water; the officials, apparently, just really didn't want poor people getting big ideas about their own worth.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 10:28:42 AM PST

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