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Each week brings news of new development somewhere in Brooklyn. That's just the city we live in. This is particularly true in the epicenter of glassy development that is the new Williamsburg, where it seems every time a artisanal cocktail gets made, a Manhattanite picks up the keys to a $4,000/month 1-bedroom apartment. But beyond the problem of what the development means—for the neighborhood, for the borough, for the future—it's worth considering on the...
"How is it possible to feel nostalgia for a world I never knew?" Che Guevara, or at least the Gael Garcia Bernal incarnation, wonders when he visits Machu Picchu in The Motorcycle Diaries. "How can a civilization that built this"—the camera shows the ruins of the great mountain city—"be destroyed to build this?"—and it cuts to the urban sprawl of Lima. I've shared his dismay, or at least something similar, as I've pored over...

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