In working out the vagueness, this is what she comes up with

by Sydney Franklin

One of the profs from our cities class said that cities cause us to confront our stereotypes daily. I think that might have been one of the most amazing things about DC (my first city). I interacted with and saw all different kinds of people and grew in understanding and compassion, and gained humility. The city forces the issue. We have to work with broken buildings and people. We are in close proximity to what might be wrong with a house, block, or neighborhood. Either living in it or walking amongst it. And in this pressurized situation after trial and error we ideally find the answer. The answer not just for the city but for ourselves. 

- Ms. Jane Roberts, a future Jane Jacobs (not by marriage but by giving a damn)