We destroy the beauty of the countryside because the un-appropriated splendors of nature have no economic value. We are capable of shutting off the sun and the stars because they do not pay a dividend. — John Maynard Keynes
Speaking of great cities under attack...
You may want to look at the notes I wrote two years ago, as we were still wandering around in shock and awe here in lower Manhattan. Five pages (one per day, 9/11-9/16/2001), beginning here.