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January 29, 2005


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Hi Bryan,

I think Denham's analogy is apt. I do, however, want to point out that cities are as much creations of our fears, ignorance, and social preferences as they are of "liberation" from semi-communal village life.

While there are some beautiful neighborhoods there are also, alas, slums.

This is to say that maps and search tools will best serve those who 1) know how to use them and 2) understand the hidden complexities of urban life.

I'd wager that most of us well-fed suburban types haven't got a clue about the latter ... and aren't likely to acquire it out of the, ah, ether. :-)

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