As a rule, our largest cities are the worst governed.
Our aristocracy, unlike that of Europe, is open to all comers.
The city is the nerve center of our civilization. It is also the storm center.
What if it should be God's plan to people the world with better and finer material?
Commercial distress in any great business center will the more surely create widespread disaster.
Here, also, has been evolved the form of government consistent with the largest possible civil liberty.
There are no more new worlds. The unoccupied arable lands of the earth are limited, and will soon be taken.
The city has become a serious menace to our civilization... It has a peculiar attraction for the immigrant.
Furthermore, it is significant that the marked characteristics of this race are being here emphasized most.
Not only does the proportion of the poor increase with the growth of the city, but their condition becomes more wretched.