DO NOT PROCEED if you are allergic to concrete.
A friend posted this on FB today, and I laughed so hard I cried.
Link dedicated especially to werelibrarian, who perhaps thought that the strange architecture of our public transit system was unique to that. Oh no, no, no - the seat of America’s government is determined to make the entire city just as strange, ugly, and lifeless as the metro system.
It’s very confusing that my first instinct is to try to one-up DC’s brutalist government buildings with the seriously upsetting buildings in the cities I’ve lived in. As if any one city could have a monopoly on shite architecture. Most cities are equally ‘blessed’ with bad decisions, buildings-wise.
Take for example, Elephant and Castle shopping centre in South London:
E&C is a hole. It’s awful. Half of this eyesore lies empty even though it sits at a major interchange and there are multiple universities and neighbourhoods nearby. It’s seedy and useless and a huge waste of space, which adds to its hideousness.
But going back to DC’s metro system (which I did like, even though the doors nearly succeeded in eating me), NotMissMarple, I can understand the brutal cement egg-carton texture of the stations. What I don’t understand is 1) the obsession with with floating walkways. Escalators descend into the station like a straw thrust into an empty glass. Stairways and walkways connect balconies that don’t seem to be attached to the walls of the stations themselves. and 2) having engineered balconies (even false ones) at every turn, the need to plant up-pointing floodlights in the gaps :
Am I supposed to feel like I’m in a noir film? In the Batcave?
But even though I remain confused, I really did like DC and its metro. Because it was so cavernous, it smelled only of wind and train grit, which is not perhaps the nicest thing, but to my nose, is better than most lines of the Tube, which smell of 2nd time around beer (bakerloo) or flophouse upholstery (district).