Wills is a contributing writer and reporter for the Brooklyn Rail.
Wondering what the Fresh Kills landfill might be like in a century?
Because one of our Founding Theorists called New York City a cloacina of all the depravities of human nature, any discussion of the nature of cities should begin with the enemies of the metropolitan. New York, that hurly-burly port whose streets were mired with shit, loose pigs, prostitutes, and foreigners (by 1640, 18 different languages were spoken here), clearly didnt fit into the grand Jeffersonian plan.
The last thing to be privatized will be our imaginations.