There is nothing economically or socially inevitable about either the decay of old cities or the fresh-minted decedence of the new unurban urbanization. On the contrary, no other aspect of our economy and society has been more purposefully manipulated for a full quarter of a century to achieve precisely what we are getting. Extraordinary governmental financial incentives have been required to achieve this degree of monotony, sterility and vulgarity.
-Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
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