Sennett on what everyone wants

Richard Sennett:

The cities everyone wants to live in would be clean and safe, possess efficient public services, support a dynamic economy, provide cultural stimulation, and help heal society’s divisions of race and ethnicity and class. These are not the cities we live in (324).

Claiming to know what everyone wants sets off alarm bells in my head, but  is Sennett actually wrong here? Certainly the order he puts these in could be debated, and we could historicise each factor (pointing out how urban hygiene is a particularly nineteenth-century concept, for example); but neither of these make him wrong. 



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