As lovely as an airport

Inexplicably, Bozeman MT has an airport that isn’t ugly. How did they do it?

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, the second of Douglas Adams’s Dirk Gently novels, begins with the remark that no human language has the idiom “As lovely as an airport,” followed by side-splittingly grim catalogue of all the reasons airports are hideous.

I suspect that Mr. Adams never flew into Bozeman, Montana. The airport there, built mostly out of local pine, looks rather like a fairly nice hunting lodge that happens to have airplanes taking off and landing near it. I had always thought that ugliness was a functional necessity in airport design. Perhaps not.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com