“The conversation around urbanism these days is like the Latin mass, laden with jargon, reinforcing…”

“The conversation around urbanism these days is like the Latin mass, laden with jargon, reinforcing the barriers around a professional guild. The debates of the planners sound like buildings talking to buildings.[…] I know of very few writers or journalists who really understand the workings of cities. And the ones that do don’t know how to translate it into a story that will grab ordinary readers leafing through the gossip pages. Meanwhile the real-estate developers invest in professional storytellers to sell their sugared dreams of swimming pools and towers in the park to an uninformed populace.”

Suketu Mehta about why inequality and gentrification in cities is booming. 

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