Your Tax Dollars At Work
The facing is some sort of pre-fab composite, already chipped in places. I spoke with a workman about it as I surveyed the construction site. He confirmed some of my suspicions about the building.
It's the cheapest-grade material he's ever worked with, he said. The facing is very soft--that's why it's chipping. It was already damaged when it arrived, he said. From Canada. Supposed to be all US-made material, but it's not. The steel is imported, the panels are imported...everything's imported. "Your tax dollars at work," he finished.
It'll look nice when it's done, he conceded. The limestone-look facing, lots of glass, and a copper roof. And it's "explosion-proof." That's mandated since the Oklahoma City bombing.
It's not uglier than the Eiffel Tower, I guess. If the Parisians could get used to that, I suppose I can get used to the courthouse.