I think of how Jane Jacobs speaks of cities as economic powerhouses, drawing in the hinterland like a construction claw draws dirt to reshape the physical and metaphysical region. The Nation might be thought of as islands of glittering lightbulbs, with darkness between them. Perhaps we as the workers are the ions and lumens which power this light. But eventually we too fire between the bulbs. So too I launch from one region to another.
The Freeway Era certainly has given way to a fifth era, perhaps the Technology Jetliner Era - an era that transports our knowledge great distances across the globe but still requires the physical global transportation. You wake in New York but sleep in Shanghai all the while brokering deals back and forth. On a smaller scale I too wake in the Heartland and sleep on the West Coast. The rails and freeways which guide me to the departure airport, take me away from the destination airport. And so begins only one leg of a journey which looks at the consciousness of Person and City.