Before modern man can gain control over the forces that now threaten his very existence, he must resume possession of himself. This sets the chief mission for the city of the future: that of creating a visible regional and civic structure, designed to make man at home with his deeper self and his larger world, attached to images of human nature and love.
- Lewis Mumford, The History of the City
Burn down our cities and leave our farms, and your cities
will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and
the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.