People want to tear down these architectural masterpieces because they’re too depressing
Rian Dundon

Something I suspect that went awry between the design and what we have been left with: the effect of carbon emissions in filling up all the crevices in concrete with soot, leaving them much more dreary than when they were first designed.

I bring it up because it’s quite amazing to see very old (pre-WWII) color footage of cities. These were from the era before the baby boom and widespread adoption of automobiles; brickfaces are almost garish red, which only dulled as a result of years of carbon emissions.