Commentator Jonathan Kranz is grateful for the decision to save rather than demolish the Romanesque town hall in his home town of Winchester, Massachusetts. He rues the parallel trends of smaller, plainer public spaces and more grandiose private ones and what they say about our lives and communities.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.