One thing the book is trying to tease out is the impact of many of these technologies explicitly and then the byproduct of many of them unintentionally is to sort of disengage us from a sense of local connection and community that we, whether we know it or not, need to have for healthy communities and healthy cities. Absent a sense of connection to the man who is doing work alongside you, for you, or with you, or you are working for, it’s tough to keep a sense of a major urban city alive in America.

Cary McClelland