Systems in the U.S. that we always thought were going to produce more opportunities for the next generation than they did for the last no longer do so. Many believe that our ability to solve complex problems and make hard choices is broken.
Conversation ended the minute the Rachel Shteir turned a review of books about Chicago into a pan of the city itself. Which is a shame, because Shteir's review was a gigantic missed opportunity to investigate the fact that "Chicago" is a performance.
As an architect, I've lived, worked and traveled to different cities around the country. But as these urban centers change and grow and as I stand witness to it all, I can only wonder: What are our visions for these future cities?
I don't necessarily expect that future historians will find purposeful reasons for the emptying out of our great cities. More likely, they will seek to identify social, economic or demographic reasons that resulted in the urban crisis.
If you love cities, if you see them as the places where the promise of America, the ideal of citizenship highlighted by the president, can be fulfilled... you have one more reason to keep pushing for real change over the next four years.