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"From the Ted Talk by James Howard Kunstler: The ghastly tragedy of the suburbs"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

This is the other side of the building. This was the winner of an international design award in, I think, 1966, something like that. It wasn't Pei and Cobb, another firm dsgenied this, but there's not enough Prozac in the world to make people feel OK about going down this block. This is the back of Boston City Hall, the most important, you know, significant civic building in Albany — excuse me — in botson. And what is the massgee that is coming, what are the vocabularies and grammars that are coming, from this building and how is it iofrnming us about who we are?

Open Cloze

This is the other side of the building. This was the winner of an international design award in, I think, 1966, something like that. It wasn't Pei and Cobb, another firm ________ this, but there's not enough Prozac in the world to make people feel OK about going down this block. This is the back of Boston City Hall, the most important, you know, significant civic building in Albany — excuse me — in ______. And what is the _______ that is coming, what are the vocabularies and grammars that are coming, from this building and how is it _________ us about who we are?

Solution

  1. informing
  2. boston
  3. message
  4. designed

Original Text

This is the other side of the building. This was the winner of an international design award in, I think, 1966, something like that. It wasn't Pei and Cobb, another firm designed this, but there's not enough Prozac in the world to make people feel OK about going down this block. This is the back of Boston City Hall, the most important, you know, significant civic building in Albany — excuse me — in Boston. And what is the message that is coming, what are the vocabularies and grammars that are coming, from this building and how is it informing us about who we are?

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
worth caring 6
public realm 4
public space 4
define space 3
civic life 3

Important Words

  1. albany
  2. award
  3. block
  4. boston
  5. building
  6. city
  7. civic
  8. cobb
  9. coming
  10. design
  11. designed
  12. excuse
  13. feel
  14. firm
  15. grammars
  16. hall
  17. important
  18. informing
  19. international
  20. message
  21. pei
  22. people
  23. prozac
  24. side
  25. significant
  26. vocabularies
  27. winner
  28. world