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Our Time for Change…Look Around You

Reading Analysis 5

In David Fleming’s final chapter of City of Rhetoric, he summarizes the main points made throughout the book, and argues that the only way to overcome adversity within cities is to find a new interest and work as one unit. Furthermore, Fleming suggests “to bring us closer physically and discursively, we will need to devote ourselves much more vigorously to building healthy, strong, diverse publics”(214). Therefore, from this we can see that Fleming still has hope for unified places in which all people work towards building a strong community. More specifically, Fleming brings this concept up by preaching “we need to learn a language of civic life…conflict over harmony”(205).

Fleming begins the final chapter titled “City of Rhetoric” by outlining what exactly a conclusion should do. Fleming says that conclusions “should leave us in an attitude of profound humility toward the built world”(195). Therefore, in this chapter, Fleming aims to tie all of the pieces of his book together and leave the reader with a final closing idea. For Fleming, this broad, conclusory idea is that “we need new designs and policies that bring us together without assimilating us together”(203). In other words, re-shaping society to be more inclusive and welcoming is not easy, however, with new legislation and a common goal it is possible. In addition, Fleming points out that it is crucial to not lose our unique characteristics, but rather join them together; cohabit.

To close out his book, City of Rhetoric, David Fleming leaves readers with complete optimism that united places are possible. In his final words he asks the reader to consider a few questions. These include: “What lessons do we learn from our cities today? Can they be refashioned to impart better lessons to our children and our children’s children? Now, as citizens in a complex society it is our duty to think about these things. Take a look around you.

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Office Hour Visit 4/24/17

During my office hour visit with Professor Hunter Hoskins, we took a look at my revised Reading Analysis 4. At first, it lacked specificity and thorough analysis. I was able to focus on Fleming’s argument then continue from there. In the first draft, I failed to address the sociospatial dialectic which is the main idea of the chapter. Using a quote from Fleming, I incorporated his thoughts and came to the conclusion that where you come from has a lot to do with what possibilities are readily available. I also added a picture of city versus suburban life to emphasize the point that there are many benefits of living in a city such as diversity. In addition, I put links when it made sense such as the Cabrini Green example Fleming discusses. You can check out my revised RA 4 here. I am happy that I was able to discuss my improvement with my professor and create work that is at the distinctive level.

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