It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

Joel Kotkin suggests that here in the United States there are actually two different kinds of cities, Euro-America cities and cities of aspiration. His latest essay makes for some good reading over here.

Kotkin is the kind of guy that can piss you off and offer a completly different perspective than "smart urbanism" provides. He takes issue with the energy driven apocolypse scenerios that James Howard Kunstler embraces. I first wrote about Kunstler over here. He still publishes his Cluster Fuck Nation Chronicle.

Kotkin is the guy who wrote Rule, Suburbia a few weeks ago. I lifted it from Urban Futures. It's where the "smarter urbanists" hang out.

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