As is true with so many things, the pandemic has both brought to light new problems as well as highlighted old ones and hastened trends already occurring. The same is true when it comes to cities.
American history is “littered with utopian experiments that began with giddy promise and ended in depressing failure,” writes Thomas Healy. In Soul City, he tells one such story.
“To be born in the street means to wander all your life, to be free. It means accident and incident, drama, movement. It means above all dream . . .”