In this morning’s Sun Sentinel, my colleague Robert Nolin wrote of a “Best Building” contest sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, wherein signature buildings from each county in Florida would be voted on to comprise a “Best 100 in the state” list.
Palm Beach County, of course, is home to Marjorie Merriweather Post’s (now The Donald’s) Mar-A-Lago and Henry Flagler’s Breakers Hotel. Miami has the Freedom Tower and the Biltmore. For some unfathomable reason, Broward County is to be represented by the Fort Lauderdale Municipal Parking Garage. This is the building we will present to the world to compete against other great structures in the state.
I’m no architect, but I did concentrate on architectural history in college (Wow! I can’t believe I finally get to use this!). My personal choice to represent Broward County in all its riotous panoply would be the futuristic and fanciful cylindrical structure at the corner of Oakland Park Boulevard and Federal Highway (seen here, if I can overcome the technological impediments to posting it).
Most locals know of it. Those who have been around for a while might agree that the renovation performed around 20 years ago catapulted it into the forefront of memorable buildings in the county. There’s a fabulous mosaic in front depicting South Florida nautical themes, and Jetsonian frou-frou festoons the top rim, which is enhanced at night by dramatic neon lighting.
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When you consider that there exists no coherent strategy for conventionally “winning” the war in Afghanistan, and that the only way we’ll ever exit that morass is if we somehow convince the natives to cooperate with us on a permanent basis, you realize what a tragedy the Quran-burning blunder really was.
We’ve been involved in that star-crossed chunk of real estate for over ten years now. Many families have lost loved ones who volunteered to fight for American freedoms, and were let down by a succession of civilian leaders who either never knew or lost sight of our strategic purpose for being there.
Maybe all the money, time, effort and lives we’ve squandered over there were starting to pay off in terms of convincing the locals we were working in their best interests⎯that’s a matter of debate. What we know for sure is that the fateful trip to the Bagram incinerator probably set us back several years in that fight.
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Here in America, the land of the free, we freely pass laws designed to showcase our detestation for those unlike the majority (for example, my former home state of Oklahoma passed legislation banning Sharia Law⎯as if it were a real threat to the Sooner State, or as if the legislators even knew what it was they were outlawing). The same with sanctimoniously titled and thinly disguised legislation like the “Defense of Marriage Act.”
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