Cities: Michael Cunningham on Cleveland, Ohio in the 1980s

I knew the future Cleveland offered. The downtown streets were full of young men who hadn’t gotten out: men in bright, cheap neckties, thick-waisted at twenty-five, dawdling in luncheonettes before returning to a job performed under fluorescent lights while the second hand swept the face of the clock. – Michael Cunningham, A home at the end of the world (1990)

In Britain too, in England, there has been that tension in cities between staying and ‘getting out’.

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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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