How Cities Produce Creativity

May 8 2012 @ 10:16am

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Jonah Lehrer believes that cities "pry the mind open" by forcing us "to interact with strangers and with the strange":

I think we need to ensure that we don't surrender too much of our cities to the loveliness of upscale boutiques, fancy espresso bars and high-end restaurants. Money in a metropolis typically buys isolation – we get a little peace of mind and our very own parking space – but the creativity of a city depends on our constantly mixing and mingling.

('Tableaux d'intimité' by Anne-Laure Maison via Notcot)