12 Sep '11, 1pm

The legacy of 9/11 for community & the built environment

The legacy of 9/11 for community & the built environment

There’s more, of a less structural sort: as I wrote in a post about cities and security measures two years ago , military helicopters now fly over my house with regularity, no doubt in part because of the proximity of DHS. That’s a little creepy, too, and a lot noisy. Elsewhere in the city, large government buildings, which used to have multiple public entrances, creating at least a somewhat porous and welcoming pedestrian environment, no longer do; typically all but one or two heavily guarded entrances are now permanently closed, leaving a lifeless streetscape along sidewalks. As I noted in my previous post, if I go to visit EPA's sustainable communities office, as I do with some regularity, I have to walk all the way around their huge building to get to an entrance that visitors can use, identify myself, go through a metal detector, and wait for an escort to come down to...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/the_legacy_of...

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