A Cultural Backbone

The lights have bewitched some in Shanghai. Those who are between the wealthy and the poor flaunt their knowledge about the city’s growing prosperity. They point out the magnificent glass department stores filled with designer brands, describe the new communities possessing utopian names, and compare the optimistic environment with America. It can’t compare, they say. … Continue reading


Snow Day

It’s snowing again in New York. Although the flakes are soft and gentle, snow can shut down an entire city. Under a blanket of falling snow, the city is quiet. Cars, trucks, buses, and pedestrians still traverse the roads, but the atmosphere of stillness that snow brings wherever it falls persists. Somehow the snow has … Continue reading

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New York: The City

There are three things, says Joel Kotkin, that make a city great: sacredness of place, security, and commerce. And New York has all three. Commerce When Manhattan Island was colonized by the Dutch in 1625, traders immediately saw the island’s deep harbor and natural pier as ideal for trade. Today thousands engage in a lively … Continue reading