The West today is high-tech, young, more optimistic than other regions. And what gives joy, solace, relief and a thrill to the lives of so many Westerners is the one thing they all have in common: public land at their doorstep. There is no other place on earth like it. That is, fast-growing new cities surrounded by a natural world little changed since the founding of the republic.
So argues Timothy Egan in a New York Times op-ed. You can read the full piece here: New West Renaissance – NYTimes.com.