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I know that evolution at its simplest denotes mere "change over time," but it seems to me that nothing Sloan said required the concept of "evolution" except (1) as a sort of secular piety and (2) to co-opt the magical rubric of "science" for his particular urban vision. James Howard Kunstler, Chuck Marohn and others talk powerfully about communities that "work" and are worth caring about, and do so without donning the mantle of evolutionary science.