Part One: In what ways do the Shorto, Larson, and Caro books we have read in this semester convey the great city as a “character” on the national or world stage? Stated another way, what are the main characteristics that each author uses to describe and distinguish his city as a distinctive, aspiring world-class locale? What are the principal sources of the energy that becomes focused on making the city “great?” What are the perceived criteria for “greatness,” as well as the physical manifestations that each city’s aspirations toward greatness take? Is the notion of a “great city,” in your opinion, a myth or a reality in each of these books, and to what extent do you feel, or believe, that each of the 3 cities discussed in these books is a “great city” or a “world city”? Why or why not?