City Journal rules

If anybody wants to buy me a subscripton ($23/yr) for Christmas, I say go.  I found out about it mainly through Matthew Yglesias, a great blogger with an interest in urban design and landscape architecture.

For now, two good articles from the recent issue.  The first is about E.D. Hirsch and the present fork in the proverbial road of American education.  As a college teacher who is routinely appalled by even his best students’ lack of basic cultural knowledge, I find Hirsch’s emphasis on core curriculum reassuring.  It works, and lately we haven’t been honest about that.  In fact, Hirsch is so smart that I even forgive him for teaching at The Other Place.

The other article, “A Place is Better Than a Plan,” deals with the minor moves and subtleties that are crucial to urban landscaping.



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