- How can we improve the new but often unsatisfying places that surround us today?
- We should approach issues about places today starting from the basic conditions that make an area of space into a place.
- Contemporary places are often accused of being commodified, and other similar totalizing criticisms.
- There is no cure for the modern sense of exile, but qualities of places today that are often taken as negative may enable positive achievements.
- Our contemporary places show new kinds of unity.
- A better way to evaluate contemporary places is according to their degree of complexity.
- Themed places threaten to oversimplify our lives, but they can be lived in more complex ways.
- Suburban sprawl can be made more livable by both revealing and increasing its complexity.
- Discontinuous places show new modes of unity and linkage.
- The conditions that make our places possible also give us room for a more spacious inhabitation that takes advantage of those very qualities of contemporary places that occasion so much criticism.