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The economy will prosper when we understand that people want basic change that reflects new realities


The economy will prosper when we understand that people want 
basic change that reflects new realities
Current housing is retro and tied to the domination of the car
over every element of design 
Developing technology enables a quantum leap 
beyond the construction that created sprawl 
We want our communities to reflect the diversity
we have come to value in our society
We want housing that is flexible
rather than a premade cookie-cutter
We want and could easily have
communities with all the amenities of a city
within walking distance
The recovery of our economy is intimately related
to a growing will to create integral communities
where one can walk to everything 
because everything is within a mile 
The political risks of this approach are small because
people can initiate the creation of these
communities
The goal will be denser communities
that are both safe and walkable
with squares and kiosks and places to sit
Communities large enough to create local economies
Communities freed of automobile traffic within
their borders
New design technologies
Architects will not design individual houses
but whole living and working and recreational areas
Zoning will be turned inside out
Our new frontier is face to face community everywhere
The nattering about unemployment begs the question
This is the vision
This is the answer

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"Sto Perigiali" One of the Surpassingly Best Tunes Theodorakis Has Written

A Setting for a Poem "Denial" Beloved by the Greek People by the Nobel Prize Winning Poet Giorgos Seferis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhk0ckaCxDI
The remarkable video at the link above is of a performance of "Sto perigiali" Mario Frangoulis and Mikis Theodorakis in 2001.

Frangoulis and Theodorakis are joined by musicians, including two bouzouki players, and a very large audience that is completely familiar with the words. The audience joins in at Frangoulis' prompt.

This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.

Later, when Irene joined our group to form a travelling company performing "New Rain", I learned to pick out a …

Stephen C. Rose Bio

Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…