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I know that I’m supposed to, I know that I want to, but treatment of the Urban Millennium I promised a few weeks ago will need to wait.  Maybe I’ll get to it this New Year’s Day weekend.  But here’s something that at least obliquely addresses Urban Millennium.

Last month the New York Times featured Emily Badger’s article on the American rural vote in our recent election.  You will also find interesting bits such as “in 1920, for the first time, the Census Bureau counted more people living in urbanized America than in the countryside. This hasn’t been a rural nation ever since.”  This gives an idea of what is meant by the Urban Millennium.

There’s more great bits of information about urbanized America in the context of what some see as a frustrating election cycle that minimized voting power of urban Americans.  Check it out.

populous states subsidize less populous ones, which receive more resources than the tax dollars they send to Washington”

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my view on Fairbanks one rainy Chicago day a few years ago

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78,000? 90,000?

How many empty houses are there in Detroit?  A major effort is underway to find out.

My son John took this photo of an abandoned house behind Detroit Temple Corps near Dexter and West Chicago.  Stripped of its bricks like many other houses.

My son John took this photo of an abandoned house behind Detroit Temple Corps near Dexter and West Chicago. Stripped of its bricks like many other houses.

 

 

 

Ahhh! Klinkenborg gone from the NY Times?

It is a loss for New Yorkers and any who love urban life and yet require a balanced diet which includes landscapes, farms and weather. One sees a lot in the city, but is it true that a person is far-seeing only when out of the city?  (I’m not sure suburbs count)  In places like Klinkenborg’s countryside?

But if a person cannot leave the city, where?

The art museum, Central Park and Millennium Park, concert venue, coffee shop.  For me, riding the L in Chicago (during safe daytime hours) to see the city on wide-screen.  In these places we find solitude and an expanded perspective of where and what we are.

There are ways for a person to find salvation in the city.

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