It has become common today to dismiss history to focus on contemporary issues. However, I believe that history is a contemporary issue, because it is history that paves the way for the future. In other words, what happens today will often have an effect on what happens tomorrow. Fleming in his introduction discusses the immigration in Chicago in the early to mid 20th century, and while this data is ancient in terms of modern statistics on housing and racial background in neighborhoods, it does explain a pattern of housing that has not changed often in multiple cities. One in particular is right here in Washington D.C. As a member of AU’s Community Based Research Scholars program, I have done a plethora of research and projects dealing with D.C.’s demographics. One of the main focuses is the topic of gentrification in D.C. When reading the introduction, I thought of the many similarities that D.C. has to Chicago at this time. When one population is seen as to be the issue to a society, people take action toward that population. And as history often reveals, and does not fail to do so in City of Rhetoric, that population is often immigrants, blacks, and Hispanics. Thus, Fleming’s Built Environment, in my opinion, will explore what is needed to become truly educated on what society’s flaws and strengths are through hidden facts that nobody bothers to look at or study.