This video is from TED and is one of a long series of videos I am downloading off of YouTube and converting to my PSP for viewing again later. I am a big fan of Kunstler’s view of the future (although I think he underestimates the power of capitalism and innovation a bit) but the video is one that you will want to watch.
In James Howard Kunstler’s view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and 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, Kunstler believes, but our hand will be forced by earth crises stemming from our national lifestyle. “Life in the mid-21st century,” Kunstler says, “is going to be about living locally.”