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Posted by Eric Mumford, firstname.lastname@example.org To reply to Jim Wunsch's question as to whether New York is "still the most influential city in the world"--no. As a onetime (1983-89) New Yorker who has moved on but remains committed in urban living, I would argue that in fact many of NYC's present difficulties arise from its inabilty to shake its myopic arrogance and realize that its best hope is to learn from other US cities: for successes, notably Chicago and Boston, and perhaps San Francisco, and for failures, places with similar patterns of population loss in the old core and thriving metro regions beyond. Many US cities have seen similar problems and economic dislocations since the '70s, and have responded with varying degrees of success. Today, New York may have more to learn from them than the other way around. Eric Mumford Washington University St. Louis, Missouri