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SYN. Ostentatious, Pompous, Fatuous, Bombastic, Pedantic, Boastful, Flauting, Grandiose, Stagy, Flashy, Tawdry

Definition: Making a claim or creating an appearence of importance or distinction.

Example:
“To many urbanists, the rise of suburbia represents the death-knell of the city. Yet if the traditional city has lost its once overpowering relevance, it still has much to teach the suburbs. Sprawl has given people and families a strategy for adapting to urban dysfunction—antibusiness governments, unworkable schools, lack of green space—but it has not always addressed other issues adequately, notably the need for community, identity, sacred space, and a closer relation between workplace and home life.Creating a better suburban future is a noble—and potentially very profitable—calling. Suburbia is maturing and evolving all around America, as seen in reviving suburban downtowns such as Naperville, Illinois, or in brash new "suburban villages" being built in places like Houston's Fort Bend County or in California's Santa Clarita Valley. It can be seen in the new arts venues in places like Gwinnett County, Georgia, and in the construction of new and often-striking churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples in the vast periphery. This critical work will do much to define the 21st-century modern city and to attempt to meet the challenges laid out by the early visionaries of suburbia—men like Ebenezer Howard or H.G. Wells—who saw the move to the periphery as a chance to build "a new civilization." And it's a project worthy of the creative energies of architects, environmentalists, and planners—not their contempt and condemnation.”
Protest ( Joel Kotkin)
www.architecturemag.com/architecture/reports_analysis/design_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=10000780668

 

Explanation:
Kotkin expresses an pretentious tone toward depicting the negative effects of the increase of development in suburb areas within many cities and towns because the statement “To many urbanists, the rise of suburbia represents the death-knell of the city” illustrates that many people prefer the urban lifestyle and despises the influences of suburb living. Indications of dashes used within the lines, “Sprawl has given people and families a strategy for adapting to urban dysfunction—antibusiness governments, unworkable schools, lack of green space—but it…” and “ Creating a better suburban future is a noble—and potentially very profitable—calling.” emphasizes results of having an urban society and a suburban society, two very different illustrations because urban lifestyle contains dysfunctional atmospheres while suburban lifestyle contains beneficial aspects toward those living in it, such as better schools, an appreciation to nature, and a safer environment, which vindicates Kotkin’s pretentious tone for advocating the horrific effects of suburban toward urbanists. Additionally, the allusions of places with suburban influences such as “Houston's Fort Bend County or in California's Santa Clarita Valley” Kotkin accentuates the widespread domination of suburban development areas, which again illustrates Kotkin’s ostentatious tone toward creating a opposed perspective of the increasing influence of suburban lifestyle within urban cities and towns.

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