Tuesday, March 06, 2007

1920

In the United States, the 1920 census showed us a remarkable thing. For the first time in our nation's history, more people lived in cities and urban areas than in rural areas. 1920 is one of those benchmarks that we can point to in our move from what was to what will be.

Why am I bringing up the 1920 census now?

Because the United Nations has announced that by next year, for the first time in the history of this world, more people will live in cities than in rural areas across the globe. We have almost a century of US history since that remarkable tipping point to share with the world.

The range of issues that will come into play across the world are vast. Urban blight, agricultural abandonment, food prices, pollution, employment and training issues, these are just a few of the things we have lived through and -- from time to time -- learned from.

Are we teaching? Is the world listening?

1 Comments:

Blogger betmo said...

definitely no- and no.

7:06 PM  

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