The foundations of a city are shifting cultural tectonic plates. It is this constant movement that allows the city to remain vibrant and creative. These same shifts also lead to tension and friction, but it is at these moments of epic change that the greatest revelations and inventions can take place. These upheavals are sometimes necessary if a city is to renew its spirit.
Hip Hop, for example, was born in the Bronx area of New York City and gave voice to a community who felt they were not being heard. Hip Hop now belongs to other cities, from Paris to Cairo, as other communities also demand to be heard.
When the plans of city authorities are unimaginative, city spaces often evolve in their own independent way, developing distinct identities, shaped by alternative modes of expression such as graffiti, street theatre and guerrilla gardening [taking over neglected or abandoned land with planting and cultivating].
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