How We Wrecked The Cities

“European cities are going the way of cities in America: high-rise offices in the center, surrounded first by a ring of lawless dereliction, and then by the suburbs, to which those who work in the city flee at the end of the day. Admittedly, nothing in Europe compares with the vandalism that modernists have wreaked on Buffalo, Tampa, or Minneapolis. Nevertheless, the same moral disaster is beginning to afflict us–the disaster of cities in which no one wishes to live, where public spaces are vandalized and private spaces boarded up.”