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Hide the mechanicals, usually

 Are they still designing interiors with all the ductwork and plumbing and wires visible running this way and that across the ceiling? Honesty in architecture, I think they called it. Cost-cutting, more likely.

 It makes all kind of sense to have it visible. It gives you information about how the building works, aids in trouble-shooting and repair, and avoids a needless expense of coving it all up. But it still should be covered up. Why? Because our brains don’t like to look at that stuff. My evidence? The body. All the mechanicals are hidden. Most of them anyway. The bones and intestines and arteries are neatly tucked inside the skin. No one wants to look at innards, except doctors and repair people.

 Same is true of sausage-making, at least the literal kind. The legislative kind too, unless you are the health inspector. Unfortunately you and I are designated in the Constitution as the Legislative Sausage Making Health Inspectors. So we have to go inside all those pretty classical buildings and have a look at what’s going wrong in there.

Tom Toles is the editorial cartoonist for The Post and writes the Tom Toles blog. See all of his cartoons here.


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