The other day I heard on the radio that tuition at the University of Illinois has gone up — again — in part because of three consecutive years of reduced state funding. Then I read this from the new book Urban Meltdown by Clive Doucet, “the first poet ever elected to Ottawa [Canada] City Council”:

“North American communities have just lived through two of the most prosperous decades the planet has ever seen, but where are the new public investments which reflect those wealthy years?”