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What Makes a City: The Sacred Center (1993)

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  •  Gail Thomas with the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture welcomes attendees to the conference 
  •  Ruminating on the year’s theme 
  •  Thomas introduces author Jane Jacobs and journalist Lee Cullum 
  •  Cullum conducts an interview with Jacobs, who talks about what makes an area flourish or decay 
  •  Jacobs evaluates the strengths of downtown Dallas 
  •  The undergrowth of suburbs 
  •  On the role of city-states 
  •  Jacobs explains her concept of “import replacements” 
  •  Dallas exports, including Dr Pepper 
  •  The ineffectiveness of unearned imports, such as government largesse 
  •  Callum asks Jacobs how to best assist former Soviet states 
  •  The commerce versus the guardian system 
  •  Cooperation as the master virtue 
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This Cable Access of Dallas broadcast presents the 10th What Makes a City? Conference in Dallas in 1993. Gail Thomas with the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture makes the opening remarks, describing the meaning of the year’s theme, “the Sacred Center.” She then introduces the event’s first speakers: author Jane Jacobs and journalist Lee Cullum. Cullum asks Jacobs about the forces that cause some cities to flourish and others to decay as well as the theory behind Jacob’s latest book, Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics. The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture began hosting the What Makes a City? Conference in 1982. The organization continues to host regular events about urban planning.