Going to miss the numbers, especially as a chronic binge-r. All the more reason to check in more frequently!

I wonder if the impetus for new urban projects to be complex and primed for seamlessness comes from the fact that these sensibilities are baked into our digital technology

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Feb 18Liked by Drew Austin

Interesting story about Lake Tahoe (idea for a streaming service TV show: 30's something hipster couple flees NYC during COVID for Lake Tahoe, but finds the same problems there, culture clash based hilarity ensues).

In terms of the Saudis' new crazy city, I suspect it will be a lot like the "World Cup Cities" that were recently created, documented excellently by a Youtuber: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d59XSzwxRlo major themes were: this has clearly been thrown together last minute and not thought out, it's totally dependent on literal army of foreign workers, incredibly expensive, and deeply tacky. Anyway reminds me of this classic short bit from the late great Robert Hughes documentary of 20th Century art The Shock of the New about Brasilia, which was once suppose to be the city of the future too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he4C7gWEpEU. Remember kids, nothing dates faster than people's fantasies about the future.

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"In honor of hitting issue #200 I retired the numbering system."

But kept the naming system- I hope that stays!

P.S. Huge shout for working Pere Ubu in here.

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