is the highest achievement of the human spirit and the womb from which emerged all those other innovations that magnify and ennoble human life. Art, music, literature, philosophy, mathematics, science & technology, medicine, commerce, jurisprudence – all were born in cities or the city’s close cousin, the university. Of all human artifacts, the city is most worth preserving. The physical and cultural fabrics of great historic cities are tapestries that tell the stories of those who lived here before us – who they were, how they lived their lives, and what they understood “the good life” to be.
Music: "I'll Take Manhattan," Blossom Dearie, Verve Jazz Masters 51, © Verve Records, 1996