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Songs about the age of urban development (NaBloPoMo, Day 5)

I’ve been listening to a lot of Arcade Fire lately, and I’ve found their song, Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) to be so beautiful and so appropriate. Inspired by the book Mountains Beyond Mountains, it talks about the struggles many of us go through when we find ourselves amid sensory overload. Construction. Suburbs going up every five minutes. New shopping centers; empty, old shopping centers. Our downtowns and Main Streets struggling to keep up.

The song title is based on the book Mountains Beyond Mountains, which discusses Partners In Health, an organization aimed to provide health care to the poor throughout the world.

There are some great older songs about urban development. Here’s one from Talking Heads, called “(Nothing But) Flowers.”

And, of course, There’s Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell

Do you have any favorites that I haven’t shared here? I’d love to know.

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  • Dean Bashore February 6, 2012, 3:43 pm

    How could you leave out “my city was gone” by the pretenders/chrissy hine

    • Bellesouth
      February 6, 2012, 3:53 pm

      I must admit, I’ve never heard it! I shall rectify that this evening.


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