Monday, July 1, 2013

Mustachioed Monuments Part the Fourth

“I’m going to type every word I know. Rectangle! America! Megaphone! Monday!”1
--Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation
157 berkeley, meet ron swanson

It is no secret that I love the new building at 157 Berkeley Street, but I must also share with you another love of mine: Parks and Recreation. Or, as I like to refer to it, the funniest show on television.

This isn’t the only reason that the new building is sporting the manly mustache of Ron Swanson, though. It’s because each represents the values and outlook of the generations prior. 157 Berkeley is beautiful now because it wouldn’t have been out of place eighty years ago – kind of like your grandparents' brutal honesty. Kind of like Ron Swanson's brutal honesty.

In an architectural era of glass and asymmetry, 157 Berkeley is made of stone and patterned regularity. In the same way, Ron Swanson celebrates jazz music, inhuman amounts of bacon and eggs, and from-scratch craftsmanship in an age of autotune, lowered cholesterol, and particle board. 

All said, I think this might be the most fitting mustachioed monument yet.

Til next time!

1. Daniels, Greg, Michael Schur, and Harris Wittels. "Media Blitz." Parks and Recreation. NBC. WHDH-TV 7, Boston, MA, 17 Feb. 2011. Television.

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