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By kenn1987 (anonymous) | Posted May 09, 2016 at 17:06:55

Great article. It would be an interesting study to trace the history of how the word "blight" came to be used to describe urban landscapes. It's a curious phenomenon that we use a biological metaphor to describe man-made environments and by extension we almost put at an arm's distance the fact that a lot of this "blight" is down to human actions and decisions. The use of the world blight, I think, always us to think about socio-economic depression in our urban cores as a natural, agentless phenomenon that we could do nothing to stop.

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