I’m re-reading Chicago School sociologist Louis Wirth right now, his seminal Urbanism as a Way of Life (1938), and I’m pleased to see that in his first paragraph he writes “…the beginning of what is distinctively modern in our civilization is best signalized by the growth of great cities…from which radiate the ideas and practices that we call civilization.” 

Yeah Louie.

I bet he would have laughed at my Starbucks joke.




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