Big Days And A Dark Age Ahead

So, I’ve got some news: As some of you may have heard, I got a new gig. Well, not a gig, but a new job. CNU Atlanta has hired me as the Chapter’s new Program Manager position. I am now responsible (in part) for the Chapter’s social media communications, assisting in event coordination, and new program development. I will also have the opportunity to create new content and craft an individual voice for the Chapter. Needless to say, I’m very excited and very honored to be chosen for this position, and I hope you’ll join me at CNU, too.

The title of this post references Jane Jacobs’ Dark Age Ahead, the last novel she published in 2004, two years before her death. Famous for her The Death & Life of Great American Cities, she brings that same cynical, uncompromising outlook on cities to the scope of societies, chronicling the steps by which cultures collapse. Born in 1916, Jacobs had every right to be cynical. She grew up in the shadow of World Wars and The Great Depression; witnessed the change of the country’s culture and landscape as the automobile spread across America, and the mass exodus from cities to suburbs that followed; she saw the bloody escalation of the Civil Rights movement and equally dark decades of racial tension after it; Vietnam, the Cold War, assassination of multiple prominent figures… The list goes on and on.

Hers was a bleak view and she predicted that our civilization’s decline into darkness would continue unabated. And who’s to say she’s wrong?

Well, I suppose I do.

What I’ve tried to accomplish with The Suburban City is to take an honest but (mostly) optimistic view of Atlanta, and hopefully contribute to the conversation around the future of this city. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it, from analyzing Avalon to walking around the West End, to taking the bus to Morrow and meeting the man behind MARTA’s Instagram activity. However, I am facing sort of my own “dark age” now: What comes next? Where does The Suburban City go from here?

In a word, nowhere: This isn’t goodbye, The Suburban City isn’t signing off, but things will be different.

My new position at CNU Atlanta won’t actually inhibit my work on The Suburban City, but rather will foster it. This new job is a great chance for me to learn and grow, and prove myself in the process. It will give me the opportunity to meet new people and hear their stories. And to top it off, I have the privilege of working with some great folks, too.

So, the blog is here to stay. And that’s not all folks! I’m going to explore new designs and experiment with new content and formats. I’ll even have some new contributors, too. (If you’re interested in contributing to The Suburban City, check out the contact page and shoot me an email.)

The future may be unknown, but I don’t think it’s all that dark. On the contrary, I’m confident that the journey’s just getting started. I hope you’ll stick around a while longer; the best is yet to come.