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March 22, 2004

City life

P. J. O'Rourke discusses the merits of city life by way of revealing his favourite city.

What attracted me to the vibrant chaos of urban life was its evident lack of quality control.

And Adam Gopnik discusses the history of Longacre Square.

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the decision to take an hourglass-shaped traffic funnel between Forty-second Street and Forty-seventh Street on Broadway, which had been called Longacre Square, and rename it after the New York Times, which had just built its office there. This was less an honor than a consolation prize. The other, then bigger and brighter newspaper, the New York Herald, had claimed the other, then brighter and better square, eight blocks south, which still bears its ghostly name.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 22, 2004 10:31 AM