Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mainstreaming the Urbane

The Atlantic Monthly, I suppose now just the Atlantic since it is more web-based firehose of brain knowledge than printed periodical anymore, has been on top of the emerging meme that is the return and reinvestment in our American cities, having picked up Richard Florida as a columnist/guest blogger and regularly publishes articles by Chris Leinberger, is now running a new feature called "The Future of Cities" edited/moderated by Andrew Sullivan alum Conor Friedersdorf. A sampling:
I love cities in that way. I've lived in Washington DC, New York City, Los Angeles, Paris, and Seville, traveled widely in the United States, and once spent a year doing my utmost to see Europe, when my wanderlust was at its peak, and I wanted nothing more than to see urban streets, scatter pigeons with my stride, and cull tips from slightly suspicious concierges at hotels I couldn't actually afford. We all contain multitudes, and I wouldn't pass up a chance to tour the world's best surfing beaches, but given an all expense paid trip to anyplace I've never been, my list would be filled with cities like Tokyo, Capetown, Hong Kong, Vancouver, Buenos Aires, Sidney, St. Petersburg, and Reykjavik.
Damn. Dallas didn't make his list? Wassup?! Maybe if we only widen a few more roads and continue the course that will raise the City to the lofty status of dreams.