A new sort of nomad

In place of a world, there is a city, a point, in which the whole life of broad regions is collecting, while the rest dries up. In place of a true-type people, born and grown on the soil, there is a new sort of nomad, cohering unstably in fluid masses, the parasitical city dweller, traditionless, utterly matter of fact, religionless, clever, unfruitful, deeply contemptuous of the countryman …. This is a very great stride towards the inorganic, towards the end.

Lewis Mumford, “The Culture-Cycle and City Planning,” Journal of the American Institute of Architects 14 (July 1926), p. 292. Quoted in Carl Sussman, ed., Planning the Fourth Migration: The Neglected Vision of the Regional Planning Association of America (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1976).