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'We Have to Be Careful Not to Romanticize Cities'

Writers Ta-Nehisi Coates and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie confront the limits of urbanism.
Writers Ta-Nehisi Coates and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at CityLab Paris.
Writers Ta-Nehisi Coates and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at CityLab Paris. Melanie Leigh Wilbur

Lagos. New York City. Paris. Baltimore. Washington, D.C.

These are some of the grand metropolises that have collectively served as homes to writers Ta-Nehisi Coates and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. And yet, the two do not identify as urbanists.