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The Citified Hanover Inn
People have been asking me all summer to go see the new Inn, but I’ve not gotten around to it until now. And a good thing, too. For someone with a refined sensibility (just joshin’), the experience is not a pleasant one. The place is the Cambridge glitterati’s version of what New England should look like: shiny surfaces, expensive materials, just the opposite of the old-shoe Inn of yore.
But the end result should not be a surprise to us at all. Word from the inside is that some arrogant Boston doctor and his wife had a central role in designing the place. Disney Marriott anyone? Or just plain tacky?
The faux homey alcove off the lobby has far less genuine New England charm than the Hanover’s successfully designed Canoe Club restaurant — though it must have cost ten times as much.
A test of a design is its use: has anyone — anyone? — ever sat at the granite table in the center of the Inn’s lobby? Nope. And no one ever will (until someone in the administration reads this post, and orders go out that it is time to prove me wrong). Sigh.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…