Comment: What, you ask, does this have to do with our economy? Lots. The heroin epidemic is a central cause of gang violence and a host of other problems. Chicago is a distribution center for heroin coming out of Mexico.
Jefferson's views about cities were not embraced by the nation for 230 years, but that may be changing. Most of his other views were held sacred, but that, sadly, is also changing. Time will soon tell which ones prevail.