12 October 2005

National Association of Surrealtors


Not much to report: Just needed to break the cycle of live music photos taken in red-saturated, low-light rooms with no flash & long-exposure...

Today's Mental Health lunch walk took me by this ghastly thing (above): the National Association of Realtors headquarters building on New Jersey Avenue, in what might be considered West Capitol Hill. I'm sure it's considered some kind of "architectural triumph" but it's pathetically out of place in this neighborhood of red brick victorians and white marble federal buildings. Its contemporary contours appear offensively arrogant here, amongst the dignified and historical architecture.

When viewed from Massachussetts Ave to the north, it resembles a goofy hyper-modern atomic yacht, fleeing the Capitol dome and all its antique charm, in a vapor glaze of chrome, steel and glass...

It is the sacred cathedral of DC's gentrification wave. I want to hug it and I want to crucify it. Not necessarily in that order.

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