Place Making – An Antidote for the Endemic Case Making
This caught our eye from David J.A. Douglas: “Rural development …is commonly associated with a rhetoric of protest, pleading, differentiation, and other forms of case making.”
It might be extreme or over-stated to say that we are easily given to too much whining. However, it is less of an exaggeration to say that most of what we proffer in the public arena is a strained attempt to stake out our non-urban or perhaps un-urban characteristics, some of them expressed as desirable moral attributes. These are occasionally accompanied by a feisty reminder that we feed the cities, provide their fresh water, give freely of our landscapes for their vicarious enjoyment, are the sources of their minerals and other forms of derived wealth, and that we may indeed be the unsullied, but neglected crucible of the country’s core values, and perhaps its very soul.
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