Richard Florida: Did Jane Jacobs Predict the Rise of Trump and the New Dark Age?

Diane Ravitch's blog

Richard Florida, senior editor at The Atlantic, writes here about Jane Jacobs’ 2005 book, Dark age Ahead, and says it is an eerie prediction of the Trump phenomenon. She explains why it happened and how to survive.

This is is a must-read article.

Florida writes:

“At a time when pundits and political scientists were celebrating the end of history, pointing to an emerging Democratic majority and extolling the virtues of a flat world of globalization, she ominously predicted a coming age of urban crisis, mass amnesia, and populist backlash in her final work, Dark Age Ahead. Eerily prescient as always, rereading the 2005 book today serves as a survivors’ guide to the Age of Trump.

“Jacobs outlines an increasing distrust of politicians and politics, a burgeoning new urban crisis in cities, worsening environmental degradation, entrenched segregation, and an “enlarging gulf between rich and poor along with attrition of the middle…

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