Many journalists, commentators, writers, and everyday citizens (including yours truly) have observed how New York and other red-hot cities have grown expensive, homogeneous, and bland within the past decade or so.
Yet, inspiration stubbornly remains.
Before the talk, I marveled at the inspiring view of the Manhattan skyline from the hotel’s rooftop. The approaching summer night felt expectant and vast. Anything seemed possible.
Such sights stand as the urban response to the epic vistas of the natural world. I hope that I shall always see the magic and wonder in both.