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Welcome - my name is Kevin Klinkenberg, and this site "The Messy City" is my blog and company website. I started blogging on urban planning and design issues in 2007, and began working in the field in 1993. Please feel free to connect with me on any of the social media sites listed here. Thanks for reading.

A take-down on generational memes

Kelly Williams Brown offers a great take-down of typical media and framing on generations in this TedX talk. Since I've offered my own screeds about this before here, here and here, I enjoy seeing someone much younger than me state it so simply and well. My favorite line is towards the end:

"I don't think that there's anything especially wrong about Millennials. I think we're exactly the same as every generation before us."

In my efforts to shed light on actual "generational" data and stereotypes, I actually am trying to hit the opposite point that Brown is making - there's nothing especially great about Millennials. Because in the world of planning and cities, that's all you read or hear in the media. It's time to take a step back and get past silly stereotypes.


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