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English 310 Essay 3: The American City: Dreams & Nightmares The perceived differences between city and country [goes] beyond the questions of lifestyle   preferences and developed into a nationwide debate…This debate in turn raised issues about   living spaces and moral character and social class. It also [leads] to conflicting notions about   the “American way of life” that [challenge] the residual ideology of wealth and privilege.           -Sally Terrell & Cynthia Reik, 2003, p 439 Your task: Write a  4-5-page essay  in response to one  of the following questions: 1. What do you think is the main purpose/function of cities today? Who should be responsible for making a city  survive and/or thrive? 2. What do you think makes American cities ideal places to live or “state[s] of beauty” (Angelou, 1969)? 
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