My friend Kurt Navratil, who is smart, educated, sophisticated and urbane (and a Wake Forest basketball fan), says James Howard Kunstler is "one of my heroes.” That’s enough of an endorsement for me to suggest we all meet Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at Niederer Auditorium (Wetherill Visual Arts Center) on the campus of Hollins University to hear him speak. It’s free.
Kunstler is an urban planning expert, social critic and writer, whose book The Geography of Nowhere is something of a Bible for urban planners. He says Geography emerged "Because I believe a lot of people share my feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work."
He followed that significant work with Home From Nowhere, continuing the discussion of remedies and more recently wrote The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition and finally The Long Emergencyabout the pending oil crisis, climate change and "converging catastrophes of the 21st Century."
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