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Unformatted text preview: Pg. 11 To a degree, decline represents the physical manifestations of the alienation and fragility of the modern era. The dismal conditions of the cities served as a stark reminder of the distance between economic practices and liberal aspirations. By the postwar period, the alienation of the city had become so pronounced, the ties of community so eroded, and the desirability of social and spatial mobility so ingrained that attempts to forge links between urban decline and a celebratory modernist sensibility were overwhelming....
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- Spring '08