Vanilla is one of the most desirable custom bike brands with a wait list on the order of a decade. They have a hand-built limited production division called Speedvagen that reduces price and gives a wait time of less than a half year. Not cheap, but still beautifully made.
Speedvagen has a minimalist urban racer - you can get a made to measure frame, but it has a two speed coaster brake rear hub. No cables and almost nothing to adjust. One of the odd features of Speedvagen's is the optional first scratch. They realize people obsess about keeping their bikes perfectly clean until it has its first scratch -- so they will artfully install the first one at the workshop if you like. Started at a bit under $5k, it seems targeted for urban folks with a lot of money. I suspect San Francisco is a good market for them these days.
I'm not terribly fond of his architecture . I've visited a few of his creations, particularly Taliesin West, and don't find them comfortable or inviting. It turns out he wasn't exactly compassionate..
It is clear to me that for whatever record he was speaking to here in 1940 that he had no regard for the people who would have been in those destroyed areas; of course that was his executive orders, as all he was interested in was the idea of planning the city and responding to his own genius.
He went on, this reported in Time Magazine for November 25, 1940, describing his bombing-as-a-benefit idea:
"Broadacre is going to England as soon as there is a chance for it to be shown there. This will be immensely beneficial to England."
To say that this was an idea best left to the imagination rather than in the pages of the Paper of Record goes without saying.
And what of the architects whose buildings were lost during the Blitz? Say, like Christopher Wren?
"I don't think that anyone will miss Wren's work very much" (This, and the quote above, found in Baker, page 248.)
And also this:
‘After all,’ says he, ‘what is St. Paul’s? An imitation of St. Peter’s in Rome. I don’t think anyone will miss Wren’s work much." --Time Magazine, November 25, 1940