‘Nevada’ Archive

Why I Like Abstraction 4 April 2009 2 Comments

Standing in front of Michael Graves’ Portland Public Service Building in a steady rain it was hard to imagine that this dingy postmodern box had caused so much fuss back in 1980.  Today, the controversy has faded as surely as the building’s colored tile veneer. What remains startling 30 years later is not the cartoon […]

Wal-Mart Skyline, part I 26 March 2009 No Comments

Though the rapid growth of Las Vegas in the past two decades has transformed the surrounding desert, roughly 50 miles north of the city all that development gives way to a lot of empty land.  It looks that way on the road atlas map and the reality on the highway doesn’t change one’s impression. The […]

Two Days in Nevada 25 March 2009 1 Comment

_____________________ We arrived in Las Vegas on Monday night and headed straight to the Village Square Commercial Center on East Sahara Avenue. Though most would describe it as a strip mall (and a dumpy one at that), the Village Square is, in fact, nearly a square with four retail arms almost enclosing an enormous parking […]