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"...germs, chaos, dissipation, laughter, unanswerable questions..."

Luc Sante, from The Other Paris:
The past, whatever its drawbacks, was wild. By contrast, the present is farmed. The exigencies of money and the proclivities of bureaucrats — as terrified of anomalies as of germs, chaos, dissipation, laughter, unanswerable questions — have conspired to create the conditions for stasis, to sanitize the city to the point where there will be no surprises, no hazards, no spontaneous outbreaks, no weeds.
Though Sante writes about Paris, he could easily be describing Chicago or any other gentrifying city.

October 9, 2015 in Books | Permalink