I can recall an incident in my undergrad where I dropped the small mirror I had bought to use for shaving. It broke in two places, but the back cover held it together so it was still useable. However, for the rest of the semester, I had to turn it at different angles to see my face.
As with my broken mirror, the city’s true identity is also obscured. On the one hand, “cities have gotten a bad rap and are known as resource hogs,” [i] seen as “health hazards, desperate places, shantytowns replete with environmental risks, and crime.” [ii] On the other hand, “a city is firmly established as the center of influence in trade, politics, and power.” [iii]