Our first vision of a city is in the facades of buildings. What if that was all we could see?
When French native photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy took a stroll through Montreal, what he noticed were the facades. Montreal is a distinctive and pretty city: the old townhouses built from the tan rock of a nearby quarry, the spindly wrought-iron staircases that through a quirk of governance ended up on the outside of most of the apartment buildings, the crumbling streets that break, every year, thanks to the city’s brutal winters. But that’s all he could see. What if that was all anyone could see? That’s the subject of Gaudrillot-Roy’s photography series, entitled “Facades.”
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We’re still regulating broadband like entertainment, not like a utility. This creates a bad environment for good design.
For all the press attention directed at Comcast’s recently announced bid to acquire Time Warner Cable (TWC), the merger’s greatest long-term impact has been largely overlooked. We tend to think of Comcast as a purveyor of cable TV first and foremost, and this may explain why media coverage of the merger tends to focus on the familiar dangers of letting a monopoly take control of an entertainment market with millions of customers, worth billions of dollars. While I don’t want to undersell this concern, an equally pressing issue is that the merger places control over much of the country’s high-speed broadband with one media company. In the short run, this keeps the cost of online access artificially high for U.S. consumers, and inhibits improvements in service; in the long run, it could very well stifle digital innovation.
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