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Patience, Persistence, and Paperwork: Reflections from my Cities for People internship experience

Cities have become the new black.

All over the world, people are awakening to a sense of global urgency – that the biosphere has had enough of our anthropogenic footprint, and we’re all in this teetering boat together. As urbanists have been voicing loud and clear, what better place to start tackling the beast than in our own homes, streets, and neighborhoods.

But as a technophilic society, we have boiled sustainability down to a science and are used to applying high-tech band-aid solutions to complex and long-term societal issues. In the context of climate change, the term urban resilience has become sadly synonymous with building dams for flood control.