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Remarks in Bologna, Italy, To the conference of “The Other Moderns”

I spent a lot of time last autumn in what we call the Sunbelt of America — Atlanta, Houston, Orlando, Florida. This was necessarily a very depressing project, because what we have achieved in American urbanism is what I like to call the National Automobile Slum. It’s all the same and it’s all terrible. The more »

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Remarks to the Cities of the Future Conference

Sacramento, December 1999        (slightly edited to eliminate repetition)       . . . the sad truth of the matter is that the United States is increasingly composed of thousands of places that are not worth caring about. The ultimate result will be a nation and a way of life that is not worth caring about or defending!       more »

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Where Evil Dwells – Reflections on the Columbine School Massacre

Paper Delivered at theCongress for the New Urbanism by James Howard Kunstler Milwaukee, June 6, 1999     When we set aside all the technical considerations and all the familiar economic arguments and tedious political angles that swirl around this enormous and momentous field of human ecology, we’re left with the question of how it affects our more »

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Remarks by James Howard Kunstler to the Florida AIA

Orlando, August, 1998     One hundred years ago, a cultural movement swept across the United States, galvanizing leaders in politics and the arts with the power of an idea. That movement was the City Beautiful movement, and its animating idea was that Americans deserved to live in better towns and cities. This was a more »

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The final chapter of ‘Home From Nowhere’

  The final chapter ofHome From Nowhere Simon & Schuster, 1996 12 Coda What I Live For     There are times I feel so fortunate that I wonder if I am making up this life as it as it traces its mysterious arc through time. Solipsism is not a very attractive philosophy — especially more »

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