"In this important book, insightful thinkersfrom poets and philosophers to geographers and plannersexplore one of the most disorienting results of our dazzling technological advances: an increasingly attenuated sense of place. Just decades ago, such a book would have been superfluous; today it is essential in a rapidly globalizing and digitizing world."
Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Former Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
"Both liberals and conservatives celebrate, each for their own reasons, the freedoms that modern life gives us, but we all too easily forget that to be liberated from one set of constraints is to become captive to another. Neither nostalgic nor polemical, Why Place Matters illuminates the mind-forg’d manacles” of modern mobility, and in so doing teaches us why learning to love where we liveand, so to speak, learning to live where we liveis critical to human flourishing."
Author of The Little Way of Ruthie Leming
"Cities are the crucibles of modern civilization. This unique and thought-provoking collection of essays will be crucial for helping anyone who cares about cities understand how they do or do not meet human needs in this new century. I will refer to this collection again and again."
City Manager, Santa Monica, California
"In our age of increasing rootlessness and digital disembodiment, this splendid book shows us how to think our way back, practically and philosophically, to the solid ground of placethe home, the neighborhood, and the city."
Editor, The Wilson Quarterly
About the Author
Wilfred M. McClay is the SunTrust Chair of Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Ted V. McAllister is the Edward L. Gaylord Chair and Associate Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University.