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What Makes Cities Tick?

by Vivien Park

An interesting podcast from Radiolab that explored what it is that gives a city its "feel", told from a diverse point of view. There are two physicists who think time holds the key to the driving force of every city; a musician who processes the sounds recorded in his neighborhood; an underground tunnel-digger in Manhattan who lived to tell of a freak accident; and the remaining residents of an abandoned town. In the end there seems to be no universal explanations to what makes cities tick, except the lens through which each group views as most important in their lives: be it knowledge, creativity, duty or a sense of belonging.

Credits: Image of Broadway Boogie Woogie from Euromech Colloquium 484. Podcast of Cities from Radiolab.