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Taj Mahal in Newton? Is it time to rebrand?

Posted by David Dahl, Regional Editor April 5, 2008 08:50 AM

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Sure it's beautiful, but you should have seen the override it took to build it ...
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NEWTON

Some wags have dubbed the $197.5-million Newton North High School the "Taj Mahal" of Newton.

Not so fast, says a letter writer in Saturday's Globe.

Read on:

AS A member of the Indo-Iranian community, I take strong exception to the characterization of the plan for a new Newton North High School as a Taj Mahal (Op-ed, March 22). As one who lived near Agra, India, and visited the place many times, I can attest that in all of its grandeur, the Taj Mahal is an enduring monument to simplicity, a testament to the love of Shah Jahan for his Persian bride, and a great public works project that united people from all corners of the East in a singular effort. I find it offensive that the name of this hallowed place is used to deride the architecture of a building that is exorbitant, pompous, environmentally unsustainable, and a travesty as far as urban planning is concerned.

Next time the fiscally minded in Newton wish to find a symbolic reference to way-out architecture, I suggest they pick on St. Peter's Basilica. But please, leave the Taj Mahal alone.

GUIVE MIRFENDERESKI
Newton

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