Urban Core: Life

This is the fourth and last in a series on cities in the USofA. The first entries can be found here:

Urban Core
Urban Core: Lessons
Urban Core: New Urbanism

What is the purpose of a city?

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Urban Core: New Urbanism

This is the third in a series on cities in the USofA. I don’t yet know how many there will be total. The first entries can be found here:

Urban Core
Urban Core: Lessons

It’s one of those great stories that might as well be true. The legend is that General Eisenhower, touring a conquered Germany, saw how efficient the Autobahn was for moving troops and supplies. When he became President of the USofA just 8 years later, he moved to create the same system, to be called “Interstates” over here.

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Urban Core: Lessons

This is the second in a series on cities in the USofA. I don’t yet know how many there will be total. The first entry can be found here:

Urban Core

In the 1960s, many people realized that cities in the USofA were dying. There simply wasn’t any strong purpose for them as we moved from a manufacturing based economy to an economy that � well, I don’t really know what we do most of the time, but we sure don’t make stuff. That process, which accelerated in the 1960s, was one where many neighborhoods were deemed disposable, meaning that the people who lived in them were disposable, too. As these neighborhoods started to look like so much trash chucked out of a car window, gradually entire cities became disposable.

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Urban Core

What is the purpose of a city?

I’ve asked this question many times, and I have yet to get a good answer. It’s not a trivial or esoteric thing to ask because as we work to revitalize our cities in the USofA we need to know the economic and social niches we are trying to fill. Without that, we have only bias and boosterism.

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