friendships are the glue to cities, and this doesn’t just mean intensification and destiny. city sidewalks are long, linear stages for conversation.
so are outdoor dining rooms
and breakfast places that become bars at night
or art exhibitions to navigate
cities are where friendship finds alchemy in colour and light
where there also causes to defend. Here, the sculpted white-bronze facade of the American Folk Museum, slated for demolition by its hungry neighbour, the Museum of Modern Art, NYC.
The Millennial Generation (born between 1980 – 2000) believes in beauty in design and architecture. They skirt the windswept modern plazas to seek out cities with secret courtyards and rooms, such as this 12th century university centre in the walkable neighbourhood of Hauz Khas, New Delhi, India.
One of the cafes (actually it’s a tea salon) preferred by the Millennial Gen in Hauz Khas, New Delhi.
It’s possible to spot Milly-Gen neighbourhoods in cities around the world. Watch for cultural fusion and art that’s part of streetlife, not sequestered to institutions. In Istanbul, eclectic vintage stores are layered next to antique jewellers next to architecture studios in Tophane district across the river from the ancient Hagia Sophia. Even the heaps of garbage on the sidewalk are artful.
The Milly-Gen tends to be well-travelled and well-educated. They’re foodies with a love of eclectic, locally-grown dishes that pull on old traditions. This fresh Istanbul breakfast served in a neighbourhood transitioning from strict Muslim…
In Toronto at the Stop Market anti-poverty fundraiser – a crowd of Milly-Gens contemplates life in the big city, naturally, in a parking lot. Values of the Millennial Generation in Big City Canada: EQUALITY OF THE SEXES; PERSONAL CREATIVITY; NEED FOR ESCAPE; CULTURAL FUSION; FLEXIBILITY OF GENDER IDENTITY; CONTROL OF DESTINY; ECOLOGICAL LIFESTYLE; INTROSPECTION AND EMPATHY; EQUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUTH; GLOBAL ECOLOGICAL AWARENESS; DISCRIMINATING CONSUMERISM; PURSUIT OF ORIGINALITY; SOCIAL LEARNING.