Five Essential Characteristics Of A 'Humane Metropolis'
"Cities were once celebrated as ports of trade, railway hubs, seats of smoke-belching industries. Then they became known as office and banking centers....Recently there's been a new mantra -- cities as magnets for 'young creatives' in arts and entrepreneurship...So what is a 'humane metropolis"? The key words seem to be green, healthy, sociable, civic, and inclusive...[the] idea is simply to protect and create all possible natural areas -- parks, greenways, forest tracts -- fostering a shared sense of ''ecological stewardship.'' They're strongly for promotion of urban gardening and farm markets. They support efforts toward environmental justice, so that low-income areas are not burdened with undue, damaging pollution."