“The truth is, the Bilbao effect is largely a myth. Frank Gehry’s museum alone didn’t turn around that city. It capped decades of civic renewal. Flashy, even brilliant buildings rarely rejuvenate neighborhoods or guarantee crowds and cash just by virtue of their design, any more than restoring disused rail tracks guarantees the High Line.
Sadly, museums, like cities, have squandered fortunes praying to this false idol. They still do.”
Read the full article by Michael Kimmelman in the New York Times.