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quote: "to imagine is to make present to my mind's eye what is absent. as i write, enervated by summer diesel smog and distracted by the noise of drilling from across the road, imaging the city may seem, on the face of it, a perverse and redundant activity. the city is hardly not there. why do i need to imagine it?"

well to start, because the city as a place cannot be seen beyond these fragments that have been noted. what is before the individual is not the city, but a glimpse from which the individual then creates the image, the cultural and social significance of the city, from.

which is not to say that construction work does this specifically, mind you.

that quote, for the curious, is from james donald in Imagining the Modern City.