8 thoughts on “Jobs’ Jackling House Saved? Not Really – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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      Jake Gittes: I just want to know what you’re worth. Over ten million?
      Noah Cross: Oh my, yes.
      Jake Gittes: Why are you doing it? How much better can you eat? What can you buy that you can’t already afford?
      Noah Cross: The future, Mr. Gitts, the future.

      [Lunch is served; it’s fish]
      Noah Cross: I hope you don’t mind. I believe they should be served with the head.
      Jake Gittes: Fine… long as you don’t serve the chicken that way.

  1. RE: “Given Jobs’ history of high-handed, opaque behavior as a corporate CEO in which he attempted to conceal backdated stock options…”

    MY COMMENT: In the early days, didn’t Jobs make and sell small electronic boxes that allowed the users to make long distance telephone calls without paying the AT&T long distance charge?

  2. It’s depressing that our elites are so soulless and lowest-common-denominator in their thinking and aesthetics. It’s hard to imagine a person of equivalent elite status in a country like France, for instance, having such a cavalier disregard and indifference bordering on contempt toward their cultural heritage and history. This kind of thing doesn’t bode well for the cultural health of the republic, and it’s a depressing metaphor for our business & tech establishment’s contempt and lack of interest in history, and architecture. As horrible and evil as our old robber-barons were, at least they had some regard for aesthetics and culture that was mirrored in the society. The new robber-barons are just horrible.

    What ever happened to style and artistry? The old Gilded Age had Fred & Ginger, Greta Garbo and a whole panoply of twinkling lights. Our new Gilded Age is stuck with Bruno, Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brothers, Adam Sandler and on through the pop culture wasteland… sheesh I’m getting nostalgic for an American epoch I didn’t even live in (I could forego the soup lines, though).

    P.S.—while Jobs is at it, maybe he could raze the city of Santa Barbara (with Caterpillar bulldozers, of course) and put up a huge shopping mall, Mall of America 2, anyone?

    1. Lest you think Old Europe was a paradise of preservation of historic architecture, this also goes only so far. 1-2 decades ago the scrap iron prices went through the roof, with the consequence that dozens of historic industrial sites, previously abandoned for many years, suddenly became “worthy” of demolition. I’m not talking of backyard shacks, but things like high furnaces, collieries, mines, steel mills, which had shaped – created really – entire regions, both here in Germany and in Belgium and northern France and the UK.

      Then there are/were a number of historic buildings of high architectonic and aesthetic value that were simply left to rot until they collapsed, like a very rare neoclassicistic mansion on the edge of my hometown, or several mansions/compounds I know in Belgium. The most splendid of all and my all-time favourite was this former hospital in Liege, built in the same era as the famous Mass. State Hospital in Danvers, and suffered the same shameful fate:

    2. I agree with the reasoning here….. In the "Old World" they preserve. In the "New World" we destroy. It is a travesty of civil disobedience that such an ediface of historical significance is simply "choked to death" by the zeal and selfishness of the modern entrepreneur. In America, we must try and hold on to what we DO have…. and not be in such a rush to destroy it in the name of ourselves. If Steve Jobs was a real billionaire with any type of historical education or "class", he would save and restore this mansion on par with that of the "Filoli" mansion, also in Woodside. Indeed folks we have lost one here for American architectual history and it should be noted.

  3. Right, a huge urban Apple store would be more a propos. Apple is a good product (I’m a PC guy—with my trusty old IBM Thinkpad—but I can respect the other side), yet don’t these computer people see beyond their noses and their screens (and the latest modern style)?

    Maybe the 3-dimensional world of spatial relations and physical objects has become some kind of alien sphere to some of these guys. Nature and buildings, old things, what’s all that about? I suppose if we could live in our computer, a little blinking dot in a corner of the screen somewhere, old passe Spanish architecture might become a distant memory, a faded still on some internet movie download…

    I imagine the beautiful city of Santa Barbara will survive the depredations of the philistines for quite a while still, you’ve got the city zoning code and that kind of thing. I just wish more people appreciated historic architecture.

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