Ada Louise Huxtable – Prescient

Ada Louise Huxtable – for many years the architecture critic for the New York Times – passed away recently, and over at Portland Architecture local history expert Dan Hanekow reviews some of her thoughts on Portland.

I would be remiss if I didn’t call out this 1970 quote:

“Some day, some American city will discover the Malthusian truth that the greater number of automobiles, the less the city can accommodate them without destroying itself. The downtown that turns itself into a parking lot is spreading its own dissolution. The price for Portland is already alarmingly high. But there are no easy answers, or no American city would be in trouble.”

We’ve made some progress on this in downtown, but the issue still threatens our neighborhoods…

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