Planners And Architects Battle Barriers

Cement barriers identify places of fear. "They send a... message to the public about democratic institutions."

Architects and planners are angry about the ugly concrete barriers that are placed to protect federal buildings from terrorist attacks. Professionals agree that there are many alternatives: shrubbery, reinforced benches, street lights, moats, fountains, grassy lawns and even street sculpture. The GSA chief architect is holding hearings, inviting proposals to enhance the aesthetics of public space.

Thanks to Gwenn Hilburn

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