This City & My Soul

About three years ago, I set out to research and write my undergraduate thesis, a lengthy piece that I called, โ€œThe City and the Soul: American Architecture and the Good Life.โ€ In it, I wanted to discern how good architecture and urban planning make us better people. It was cute, what I was trying to do, in the way that a college student talking about the very real world is always a little adorable. Thatโ€™s not to suggest that I find this prior writing misguided โ€“ actually, I continue to stand behind much of what I said back then. But I had no idea what I was talking about. Or, maybe thatโ€™s all I had โ€“ ideas โ€“ and a decent set of books and theories to back them. Continue reading →