Richard's Open Road
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New York, NY
advice, cities, college, convincing others, factory job, follow what you love, immigrant, intervention, Italian, italy, MIT, parents, urban planning
- When he was born in Newark, New Jersey, the city was thriving.
- Throughout his childhood, the industrial city went into a downward spiral, culminating with the 1967 riots.
- He remembers going to guitar practice at the age of 10 and seeing the National Guard in the streets.
- Doesn't think he was consciously building up an interest in the economy of the city, but the seeds had definitely been planted.
- No one in his family had gone to college, let alone gone to college in a different state, so he had to seriously convince his parents to let him go.
- When he told them that he'd gotten into MIT to study urban planning, they looked "dazed," didn't know what any of that meant.
- After college, everyone was putting on suits and going to Wall Street, but he had no desire to follow that path, so he went to graduate school.
- Says that no matter what people try to push you into, you'll only find joy and success when you pursue the projects that you believe in.