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Prompt 1: Our City

The sun is not yet up in the sky. The city seems to be still and absent of all energy, but slowly, if you are patient, you can witness it come to life. Newspaper deliverers appear, and after a couple of hours, the streets are bustling with noise and crowds. The city is transformed by those who use it, its clients if you will. Without them, city flow and energy are not present. Cities are static and its citizens and visitors give it its life and voice. There are however, instances when a city’s energy is hindered.

After September 11, 2001, New York City went through numerous changes that led to an altered flow of life. Panic immediately followed the crash, depression and uncertainty coming soon afterward, and eventually, the people acquired a strong sense of passion and began to react. As the city experienced change, its energy changed. People were scared and the city reflected their fear. This proportional change was best seen in the intense national pride people felt after September 11, 2001. The city was revived from its depression and immediately gained back its voice.

September 11, 2001 is just one example of this relation between citizens and their cities. When looked at closely, a city really is no more than its people. It is created by the people, for the people, and is transformed by the people.

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