Arcades Project: On Lexington Market, again

Arcades Project: On Lexington Market, again

I am inclined to thoughts of perdition. As a student of history, I know that destruction is the only constant. I have never believed that the arc of history really moves toward justice. The norm is slaughter. Peace and decency are fragile and hard won.

These feelings have accelerated to a debilitating degree post election. I once wrote that it is impossible to be melancholy at the Lexington Market; the overwhelming sensations eradicate interior doubt and sabotaging self-torture.

But with the announcement that the market, as it exists, will be destroyed, my heart broke even further. (On Dec. 2, city officials said that Lexington Market would be rebuilt as a...