Jeannie Yandel talks with James Monroe, an urban studies and political science professor at Brown University, about the growing pains of young cities.
i gotta say, this is one of the most frustrating listens i’ve heard in a while. the idea that “we went to the suburbs to escape this stuff” is something that’s gotten a lot of play recently, but that no one in this piece is willing to say what that “stuff” could maybe, possibly, kind of be makes my head spin. also, the idea that cities have had time to really figure out urban problems seems laughable. also, segregation by wealth being a big change from the America of the past has got to be the weirdest statement i’ve ever heard on public radio.
on the other hand, the notion that Americans are constantly passing the buck on social responsibilities is very true and i’m always glad to hear someone just say it out loud. like i said, incredibly frustrating.