All our exes live in Texas

To get a glimpse of [the] future, urbanists and planners need to get beyond their nostalgic quest to recreate the highly centralized 19th-century city. Instead they should hop a plane down to Dallas or Houston, where the outlines of the 21st-century American city are already being created and exuberantly imagined.

– editor and swain of the suburbs Joel Kotkin, contrasting the signs of growth and economic recovery in Texas’ cities — “a growing population, a solid and expanding job base and a relatively efficient city administration” — with Chicago’s “continued loss of jobs, decaying infrastructure, rampant corruption and continued out-migration of the area’s beleaguered middle class.”

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