Magazine October 16, 2017, Issue

Urban Symphony

(Mike Segar/Reuters)

Two buildings on my block are undergoing repairs, and I live in one of them.

The building next door is a school from the 1910s, large, plain, cubical. For the longest time it has been girdled with scaffolding, but then this summer something new appeared. The entire building was wrapped in a mesh curtain. Lit up at night, it glowed, like an ice palace or a maximum-security prison. The mesh was to keep in fragments of whatever was being applied to or extracted from the structure; the lights were to allow work to be done after hours. The side street on …

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