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National prosperity will come back 
when we build cities everywhere and anywhere. 
We will move to a prosperous next stage 
when the same amenities are available 
within a few paces of where we live and work. 
It is time for conventional construction to step aside 
and let 3D technology and integral design take over. 
Let computers help imagine a future 
beyond our consumption, sprawl economy 
with its reliance on oil and cars. 
The diagnosis of our present low-performing 
and chancy economy is simple. 
Our population is either too dense or not dense enough. 
Our infrastructure was built for an economy 
that won’t be here in fifty years. 
We cannot solve our most enduring and invisible 
social problems without a massive act of faith, 
And we cannot take one step 
in the direction of sanity 
until we can show why it makes good sense. 
Why it is in fact the golden egg 
that no one has yet picked up and run with.

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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…