In a book I’m reading right now, the author lists six markers of a “city”.
- public spaces
- mixed-use zoning
- local economy
- beauty and quality in the built environment
- critical mass
- presence of strangers
I’m somewhat incredulous as to how the capital of Florida can not have — what would be reasonable? — four of these markers? Where are the mixed-use zones? Where is beauty and quality in the built environment?
More thoughtfully, though, could a church actually help bring these things about? Could a community bring these things into fruition?