Those not familiar with James Kunstler will likely find this short video a good introduction to his philosophy and ideas about America, its culture and where he feels we are heading. I'm linking to this not only because the points he makes echo many of my beliefs, but after visiting Albuquerque - in particular the downtown area, his observations are readily applicable to ABQ's urban environment. It also ties into Somegye's post about the downtown lofts, and why people aren't exactly queueing up for a chance to plunk their hard earned cash down on one. Also please note the irony of the ad after this video, for a Hydrogen powered BMW.
"In James Howard Kunstler's view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life -- the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about. Reengineering our cities will involve more radical change than we are prepared for, he believes, but our hand will be forced by earth crises stemming from our overconsuming lifestyle. "Life in the mid-21st century," Kunstler says, "is going to be about living locally." Passionate, profane and funny, this talk will make you think about the place where you live."http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net/PostOilBulletin/Kunstler2004Tal...