Direct Function of Beauty

Stefan Sagmeister, in an episode of Nice To Meet You:

If you look at the High Line, that was done with a lot of love and care and definitely with an eye on beauty. Now, one of the functions of that beauty is that, since it’s inception, there has not been a single report of any major crime on the High Line since it started, on any precinct along the highline. It’s interesting, but it’s a function of the beauty of it. If they would’ve done it crappily and quickly and value-engineered like every other thing is value-engineered in [not only] this country, but around the world, that would not have happened.