...Unless you want the old economy to come back somehow (small businesses, local owned firms, etc.) Which I would actually like to see ablarc: you even complain when national chains do try to "fit in" to an old, quaint business district. Their attempts are never good enough (see the drug store in that cute southern town).
CRITIQUE OF INDUSTRIALISATION
The belief in unlimited technical progress and development has brought the most ’developed’ countries to the brink of physical and cultural exhaustion. The fever of short-term profit has ravaged cities and countryside. Industrial production, that is the extreme development of productive forces, has destroyed in less than two hundred years those cities and landscapes which had been the result of thousands of years of human labour, intelligence and culture. Industrialisation of building must be considered as a total failure. Its ulterior motive has never been the professed proleterisation of material comfort but instead the maximization of short-term profits and the consolidation of economic and political monopolies. Industrialisation has not brought any significant technical improvement in building. It has not reduced the cost of construction. It has not shortened the time of production. It has not created more jobs. It has not helped to improve the working conditions of the workers. It has on the contrary destroyed a millenary and highly sophisticated craft. It has proven incapable of finding solutions for the typological, social and morphological complexity of the historical centres. And although building today is still organized largely according to forms of artisanal production, craftsmanship as an autonomous culture has been destroyed by the industrial and social division of labour. A culture of building and architecture must be based on a highly sophisticated manual tradition of construction and not on the formulation of ‘specialist professional bodies’. Industrialisation has in the end only facilitated centralization of capital and of political power, whether private or public.
BKM, tell us about Bolinas.