Charles’s experience living in London as a child in the 1960’s and an adult in the 1980’s, and Robert’s visit in 2002.
Charles’s experiences in New York in the 1980’s and that era in film.
The Brownstones of New York and Boston.
Mass transit systems.
The demographic transformations of London, New York, and Los Angeles.
How mass immigration has led to an increase in the demand for housing in cities.
Robert’s recent trip to San Francisco.
Chicago’s grid pattern.
The revitalization of downtown Los Angeles.
How Whites are moving back to cities while non-Whites are moving to suburbs.
How single family homes are being replaced by apartments.
Why Charles’s views the single family home as the ideal for autonomy of living.
How the increase in apartment living coincides with the decline of families.
Whether the key issue is density itself or the quality of architecture.
The appeal of urban living and why people are willing to sacrifice living space for that lifestyle.
The New Urbanist movement which seeks to recreate walkable communities
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Charles Lincoln has a PhD in Anthropology, History, and Archaeology from Harvard University
The breaking down between the distinction between urban and rural societies.
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World predictions about how people will live in the future.
How cities originally played the role of middlemen in an agricultural economy.
The destruction of the small village farming model.
The rise of dense cities in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
The role that immigration played in the growth of American cities.
E. Michael Jones’s The Slaughter of Cities: Urban Renewal As Ethnic Cleansing.
How forced integration pushed the working and middle class out of cities.
The rise of suburbia and exurbia.
Whether it’s possible to have a thriving middle class within a dense city (ex. NY in the 1950’s, Japanese cities).
Why Charles does not view density as a source of inequality but rather a symptom.
How urbanization has led to a lack of self sufficiency.
How the ideal place to live for those with wealth has access to both cities and open space.