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May 24, 1978 - Image 4

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Page 4-Wednesday, May 24, 1978-The Michigan Daily
michigan DAILY Chicago's Rogers Park: A
Eighty-eight Years of Editorial Freedom gothic architectural showcase
420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI. 48109 By Jeffrey Selbst three-story apartment buildings is maintained in this way.
Vol. LXXXVI11, No. 16-5 News Phone: 764-0552 Streets lined with real trees. line every street. One might well Besides these common effects
Cars parked end-to-end along the call that uniform, or depressing, there are some eye-catchin
Wednesday, May 24, 1978 cr rken dre s or at least spectacularly lacking deviations. One building may b
Edited and manaed by students Gothic structures-three stories in imagination, except that each all in yellow brick, with
atiteanUmniersityfuMichiganhihtruc -throod rie one of these jewels is completely serration along the trim-lines in
at the University of Michigan escapes-contain apartments individual. stead of the concrete border
with high ceilings and spacious (This serration is created b3
d rooms. Down at the cornerthe A TYPICAL FEATURE of this alternating bricks which stan
B rzezin ski sh ould neighborhood shops. A small Chicago style has to do with in- out and those which lie flush
grocery store, run by elderly tricately carved stonework, the the building.) Another building
" V*Jews, a bakery and a fish store, like of which decorates many of has a deep triangular indentatiot
also run by elderly Jews, a bar- these edifices. Much of this with an asymmetrical tilt.
ber shop run by a grizzled old styling is incorporated into the WINDOWS ARE old an
grump cement trim around the blocks of leaded, emitting a kind of radiai
tJRM LIZTIO of elaion by he .S. This is Rogers Park, an area of
ORMALIZATION of relations by the U.S- north Chicago bounded roughly
and China cannot be appropriately achieved by Bryn Mawr on the south, 'Man
through token diplomatic exchanges like Howard on the north, Western on M y cities have a characteristic architec-
President Carter's national security advisor the west, and Sheridan to the ture-Los Angeles is in a style called Double Ugly,
Zbigniew Brzezinski's recent three-day trip to east. This neighborhood used to Detroit's is called one-story-brick-plain-with-garage,
be ninety-five percent Jewish, or,
China. so say longtime residents, but Miami's is Stucco, New York's is Brownstone-but
Brzezinski, who left China yesterday, called for now, in the words of the grizzled what of Chicago?'
regular meetings between the two governments in barber "It's like the United
an attempt to speed up progress of establishing of- Nations here".
ficial ties between Washington and Peking. THAT ISN'T really what brick along the edges of the ce when hit by moonlight orz
However, talks with China will make little characterizes Rogers Park, true building. Each trim-line serves kind of dark-silver reflection it
progress toward hurdling the primary stumbling though his remark may seem to as a framework for the dark red the sun.
block in the area. The fate of Taiwan must be the casual visitor. What sets this orbrown brick within. It goes These are the sorts of building
addressed by any workable solution to the two area apart from comparable without saying that this trim that feel like they're going to las
Chia qeston.areas of other major cities is the work is of a very light stone, forever. This may be why the
China question. architecture, creating stunning and dramatic neighborhood has not gone th
If Brzezinaksi were indeed to endeavor to im- Many cities have a charac- visual effects. way of other urban neigh
prove U.S.-China ties, he must first assist in teristic architecture-Los But these would largely be lost borhoods. There is a physics
stabilizaing China-Taiwan relations. Angeles is in a style called a plain suauilists a utyiatquaintness,rand
Double Ugly, Detroit's is called glory of these structures rests as solidity in the Rogers Park are




S IMPLY REALIGNING ourselves with the one-story-brick-plain-with-gar- uc on t r unique s apes. ay y
I age, Miami's is Stucco, New windows proliferate on their chitecture, and that is equalled
government in Peking, and abandoning York's is Brownstone-but what facades, either climbing all three almost nowhere else.
Taiwan in the process is no solution. Most experts of Chicago? Is there a style? stories, or alternating so that an
contend that such a move would spell the downfall In Rogers Park, there is. These exciting jutting-and-receding ef- Jeffrey Selbst is editor of the
of the Taiwanese government. And most near-ubiquitous Gothic brick feet is created. Fluidity of design Daily's Saturday Magazine.
Taiwanese, though they have reason to squabble
with many policies of their government, fear life LETTERS TO THE DAILY:
under Communist rule. The Taiwanese know they"
are substantialy wealthier than their mainland AS op a r ma
neighbors, and they expect to lose materially if ports page grammar hit
the takeover becomes reality. To The Daily:
But the U.S. cannot, and should not maintain the Although I am an alumnus of Since elections may turn on a both large and doubtful. The
status quo for much longer. What must be done, another university, during the small majority in a single large general, nation-wide popularity
state, giving all its electoral votes of a president should determine
however, is to aid both governments in talks more than twenty years I have to
livd i An ArorI hve ome tothe winning candidate no mat- the result, not geographical
designed to have both sides relinquish claims to lived in Ann Arbor, I have com ter how small his majority, there strategy.
the territory of the other. toaccept atf asvaluehe rorf is a natural tendency to nominate -Preston Slossen
the territo~~r of the other. M's designation as "The Harvard cadatsfrpeintndPosormrtu
Then, if Taiwan were the professed government of the Midwest." candidates for president and Professor emeritus
of only Taiwan, and mainland China had no I was therefore more than a lit- vice-president only from states of History
claims to the Taiwanese island, America could tle bit shocked to read the
indeed expect to normalize relations with China. following phrase in the Daily of
Since Taiwan is clearly dependent on U.s. May13' inan article on the U
women's tennis tournament: R S A E V C
military strength to defend its territory in an all- ". . . it also knocks out she and o cn t h . v m t o h eSERVICE
out conflict, the U.S. government should have Lisa Wood from competing in the
enough leverage to force Taiwan slowly to switch doubles qualifier..."
its attitude toward the mainland. If that could be Was this written by a U of M
accomplished, then a corresponding concession student or by a sixth grader who
aomphisheod, b nodr is flunking grammar? And how
from China would be in order. does such flagrant crime against
A trip to Taipei by Brzezinski would ultimately the English language slip by your
prove more rewarding than another meeting with proof readers?
the Communists. -Dick Lawrence
BARBARA ZAHS electoral college
EditorialDirectors Iam glad to add my voice to the
JEFFREYsELBST Romulus Jaycees in favor of the
Magazine Editor abolition of that "fifth wheel on
OWENGLEIBERMAN the national Coach"-the Elec-
Arts Editor coral College.
ANDY FREEBERG It is merely that presidents
PETER SERLNG have been three times elected
Photographers without even a plurality of the4 5
~STAFF: TERS; Mike Arkush, Rene Becker, Brian Blanchard, Elisa Isaac- popular vote (1824, 1876, 1888),
sbn, Dan Oberdorfer, Tom O'Connell, Judy Rakowsky, R.J. Smith - there is a more insidous danger.


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