Nicolai Ouroussoff expresses his hope for urban renewal in America in a New York Times article which considers how four iconic cities--New Orleans, Los Angeles, The Bronx, and Buffalo--might be remade and revitalized:
The country has fallen on hard times, but those of us who love cities know we have been living in the dark ages for a while now. We know that turning things around will take more than just pouring money into shovel-ready projects, regardless of how they might boost the economy. Windmills won’t do it either. We long for a bold urban vision.