Originally posted by (User Above)
I spent several years in Madison, Wisconsin, a city that started life as a real estate scam and ended up as one of the most livable cities anywhere. So I certainly don't disagree that money makes plans, but the people with money seem to have lost that love of place and concern for human nature that you find so necessary. Have you ever seen a shopping mall in the suburbs that has the sort of soul you find in downtown Chicago? Are gated communties an accurate expression of modern human nature? Do the chain restaurants and hotels found at every interstate interchange give you a good sense of place? I don't know exactly what it is, but something has changed, and if you are suggesting that real estate developers should be trusted to do what's right, I disagree.