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The Story Behind the First Public Memorial at Ground Zero

In the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Americans expressed their grief and condolences in many ways. For four New York architects, the best way to honor the fallen Americans was to create the first public memorial at Ground Zero, writes Elizabeth Greenspan in The Atlantic.

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Families and the Modern American City

In City Journal, Joel Kotkin and Ali Modarres argue that our “childless cities” are ripe for change. “If cities want to nurture the next generation of urbanites and keep more of their younger adults,” the authors write, “they will have to find a way to welcome back families, which have sustained cities for millennia and given the urban experience much of its humanity.”

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Washington: The Classical City

Last June, the Program on American Citizenship teamed with the National Civic Art Society to present a panel discussion on the important role that memorials play in civic life, using the recent controversies over the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the proposed Eisenhower Memorial to guide the conversation. You can watch the full discussion between panelists Michael J. Lewis (Williams College), Roger Scruton (AEI), Bruce Cole (Hudson Institute) and Diana Schaub (Loyola University Maryland) here. In the January 17th issue of the Witherspoon Institute’s Public Discourse, the National Civic Art Society continued the conversation.

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