Cities of Rhetoric

This is a picture of Athens, Greece, and Greece is a place that Fleming cites in his final chapter of “City of Rhetoric.”

            In David Fleming’s final chapter of City of Rhetoric, he truly wraps up along with building on his continued theme of the need for a Built Environment by having a “commonplace.” Fleming argues in his final chapter that there is a need for the commonplace to be content within ourselves where the comfort lives for each individual. However, there are constant challenges with being surrounded by everyone who has similar goals, values, interests, and ideals than their neighbors. Fleming argues that we also have not changed within ourselves because the needs we need have been the same needs our ancestors have needed for many years preceding us. Fleming states that “The fact is that our individual and social needs have not changed substantially since the time of the Greeks. We still need, each of us, an immense array of basic goods that are nearly always in short supply, or at least difficult to provide affordably to all: clean air and water, nutritious food, and decent shelter….” (196). The argument that Fleming is trying to articulate to his readers is that throughout the history of time there have always been wants and needs that prior generations have yearned for no matter how difficult or challenging they were to get. Fleming’s argument and the examples that he uses really hits home to a point of making every reader think about themselves, their needs, and their environment. Therefore, each individual must have the time to experience and see who it is that they are spending their time with as well. And Fleming argues as important as that is, it is also very important to look at the people who your neighbors surround themselves with because who they surround themselves with can truly say a great deal about who they are and often even more then words. The argument that Fleming articulates can also affect individuals whether they are living in a place like Greece or Washington D.C. because the differences of the places means nothing, the argument of who people surround themselves with by yearning for their own needs as well affects everyone no matter the location of their commonplace.

This image shows the commonplace and the city that I live in which is Washington D.C. The commonplace that I am surrounded with his the capital of the United States, and the hub for where a lot of things happen especially when it comes to the United States government.

Works Cited Page:

Fleming, David. City of Rhetoric: Revitalizing the Public Sphere in Metropolitan America. SUNY Press, 2009.

Image 1-http://www.cultureaddicthistorynerd.com/2012/01/worlds-oldest-cities-athens-greece/

Image 2-http://clubs.alumni.umich.edu/umdc

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