Even amid the glitz and dull modernism, the Western tradition is alive.
In colder climes, pathways must be cleared of snow for pedestrians—not just cars.
Car-dependent development muddles along. But some places could collapse.
If Rust Belt cities stay too inexpensive, every homeowner suffers.
Out-of-scale glass towers are destroying the historic character of this once beautiful place.
Reflecting national trends, our cities are forming two tiers, self-sorting into haves and have-nots.
Cities need to be open social spaces, more ecosystems than cold machines.
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