The Big City
22 Sep 2013
More and more of us live in cities. As of 2010, more than half the world's people lived in an urban area. By 2030, 6 out of every 10 people will live in a city. That's very different from the past 100,000 years or so, and it's happening very fast. So what's it doing to us?
Here's what a few people smarter than I had to say about it. I collect here the following thoughts about cities (and food for thought) and will refrain from drawing my own tawdry conclusions:
"The land created me. I'm wild and lonesome. Even as I travel the cities, I'm more at home in the vacant lots." - Bob Dylan
"We are in danger of making our cities places where business goes on but where life, in its real sense, is lost." - Hubert H. Humphrey
"I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all." - Michelangelo
"All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful: but the beauty is grim." - Christopher Morley
"Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night." - Rupert Brooke
And finally, my favourite observation by one of my favourite poets:
"And one by one the nights between our separated cities are joined to the night that unites us." - Pablo Neruda
I have tried to capture some of those ideas and feelings in my pictures here.