Sunday, November 27, 2011

Photo: All the Colors of the Desert

What can you say about a city hall? Well, perhaps that its look is reflective of the city itself, with enough poking and prodding and special pleading; this might work in Toronto, where in the 1960s municipal government moved out of the ornate, traditional Old City Hall into the sweeping towers of New City Hall, a building that will never look zeerusty and yet still looks like it came from fifty years in the future. Vancouver's city hall is, apparently, built in such a way that much of it would collapse in a major earthquake, which is probably true for a disturbingly large chunk of the city as well. New Westminster's city hall is small, compact, and unassuming. So it goes.

Earlier this year I passed by the city hall of Phoenix, Arizona. It fits, I think - the gleaming sun over the doors is well representative of a sun that shines like it's northern summer in January, the building itself has all the colors of the desert, and there isn't a single pedestrian anywhere to be found.

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