Introduction by Rose Marie Rabin. Rabin discusses Kaplan’s background as the current design critic for the Los Angeles Times, the former chief editorial writer and assistant managing editor of the New York Post, as well as the former urban affairs writer for the New York Times. He has had numerous publications and awards. His writing style is breezy, upbeat and provocative from a personal perspective. His goal is to provoke non-architects and urbanists to have an opinion, while committed to holding those accountable for missed opportunities in design.