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Art & Architecture: Legacy & Loss

News items that speak to the vast legacy of New Deal art and architecture and to controversies about the loss of historic works or their relevance to modern times.

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  • Guest Essay: ‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world
    • May 16, 2013
    By Stephen Seufert “We cannot continue to deny and postpone the demands of our own people while spending billions in the name of freedom elsewhere around the globe. No nation can exert greater influence or power in the world then it can exercise over the streets of its own capital” --Robert F. ...
  • The Shrinking Deficit & The Stagnant Economy
    • April 30, 2013
    Herbert Hoover would be pleased by the New Austerity budget of the Federal government, thanks to the Sequester.  But massive budget cuts are not just trouble for air traffic and poor seniors on Medicaid, they are terrible fiscal policy.  Washington is taking the country down the wrong road. Don't be fooled ...
  • Infrastructure Report Card: Public Parks and Recreation: "C-"
    • March 28, 2013
    From Maryland Research Director Brent McKee's blog: In their 2013 Infrastructure Report Card, the American Society of Civil Engineers gives America's public parks and recreational infrastructure a "C-", writing: "The popularity of parks and outdoor recreation areas in the United States continues to grow, with over 140 million Americans making use of ...
  • Brent McKee: "A foreign 'Boondoggle,' when we could have had a new WPA"
    • March 19, 2013
    On the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War Brent McKee, the Living New Deal's Director of Mid-Atlantic Research, has some thoughts about how we might better spend our money. Here's a bit of his blog post from today... follow the link below to his site for more: "Recent reports and ...
  • Guest Essay: Bring Back The WPA
    • March 15, 2013
    This piece was written by Stephen Seufert, a new friend of the Living New Deal.  We're happy to re-print his op-ed here with his permission; it also has appeared on PhillyBurbs.com and njtimes.com.        By Stephen Seufert “The overwhelming majority of unemployed Americans, who are now walking the streets and receiving private or ...
  • The CCC: Conserving Land and Youth, Again
    • March 1, 2013
    As remarkable a feat as was the full-scale mobilization for war less than nine years later, the CCC saved the lives of millions of young men and their families. It provides a lesson by which we could once again save the land, water, and people that we treat today as
    As remarkable a feat as was the full-scale mobilization for war less than nine years later, the CCC saved the lives of millions of young men and their families. It provides a lesson by which we could once again save the land, water, and people that we treat today as ...
  • Four Freedoms, Long Gone?
    • February 21, 2013
              In case you missed it... From Alternet, via the New York Times, comes this piece about one writers vision of the shrinking freedom of contemporary society: "In a 1941 Message to Congress, Franklin Delano Roosevelt tried to explain what it means to be free. He outlined the "four essential human freedoms": The ...
  • Renewing the CCC Ethos
    • February 7, 2013
    In following the ongoing conversation about the need to revive FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which put people to work across the country and revived public landscapes, we ran into this post, on the website of the Los Angeles-based public television station KCET. Writer Char Miller, in a Feb. 6 opinion ...
  • Krugman on Obama's "Big Deal"
    • January 25, 2013
    From a recent op-ed by Paul Krugman in the New York Times: " ... F.D.R. had his New Deal; well, Mr. Obama has his Big Deal. He hasn’t delivered everything his supporters wanted, and at times the survival of his achievements seemed very much in doubt. But if progressives look at ...
  • Whither the Post Office?
    • January 25, 2013
    From the New York Times comes this report on austerity at the US Postal Service: "Even the federal government turns to private shippers rather than the Postal Service when it wants to send packages. A report from the agency’s inspector general said that since 2001, private companies like FedEx and United Parcel Service had consistently captured 98 percent ...
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