'The Geography of Nowhere' With James Howard Kunstler

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A time, we had small towns. And in the small towns, the town elders, they cared about creating there'd be a green and there'd be a beautiful bank building. For urban design, there was based on the human body and human scale. And once we threw that in the garbage with in the traffic engineers became literally in charge of all the dimensions of how we lived and the deployment of all of the things on the landscape, then we lost all of that knowledge, all that vocabulary, and we started making a huge number of mistakes. And we produced environments that just destroyed people's minds. And now we can see the result of it. You know, we're living in a politically psychotic nation now. After about 70 years of that, there's no question about that. I think about, I mean, again, I'm just trying to process this for my audience a little bit, but I remember when I was reading your book, I started thinking about this, I thought everywhere I looked, this is true. There were downtowns that were beautiful and Danbury, Connecticut, where I grew up. It had a downtown, and it had a Civil War monument. And it had some beautiful buildings, and people would go there from wherever they lived, and they would do business and stuff. And over time, the energy and the life and whatever kind of got sucked out of the downtown and they would create a mall or strip malls or whatever. And so the downtown fell into, this is my favorite gym kunstler word, decrepitude. Well, I didn't invent it. I know, but you're the one that popularized it in my mind. All

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