We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It seems as if the official Maggie's Farm view is that government should be put into humble shopping centers and abandoned buildings in odd places rather than in grandiose, imperial-style rockpiles.
I am all in favor of grand public building, though. Just not governmental. Grand Central Terminal, for example. Public places which uplift the spirits of the common man or woman and government structures which humble our public servants.
I'm really not in favor of huge buildings. They always have the effect of making people feel small, and insignificant. I prefer medium sized buildings, where real thought has gone into the interior. Catholic churches often seem to achieve this. A good building welcomes people, and makes them feel as if they have arrived in a good place. I love the lobby of the Palmer House, in Chicago. To me, today's spartan design seems to be cold and impersonal.
I think the problem is how we think of ourselves. If you feel small in a great building, get a clue. It's you. Great buildings (St. John's, GC, Chartres) are an inspiration to humanity. They inspire us to think big, think about what is really important, think about what is possible. Don't be so GD self centered!
The fire stations in my city are monstrous ugly, modern architecturally, and hence utter inefficient, surrounded by fraudulent, claptrap, modern, 'art', bought at vast expense by pig-ignorant politicos who never achieved anything, including a high school education, or a job paying more than trivial wages.
Fire stations are industrial buildings.
Do these political demons from an insane Boschian Hell not understand that?