American Notes: City Logic

By what would seem to be a basic environmental logic, the nation's older and larger cities should be glad to have their population thin out somewhat. A degree of dispersion, if intelligently planned, might mitigate some of the urban discomforts born of congestion. But the logic of cities can be as odd as the impulse that prompts men to swarm together in the first place.

Preliminary 1970 census figures, for example, indicated last week that New York City has lost more than 500,000 residents since 1960—a trend shared by a number of Eastern...

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