I was just reading the thesis of a Dallas artist named Maryanne Meltzer. Her work dealt with alienation, and her thesis references the work of George Tooker and Edward Hopper. Both depict alienation in urban society, brought on by the industrial revolution. Today I think we see urban life as a respite from the alienation of both suburbia, and of the technology we are increasingly attached to. That is what, in my opinion, is bringing about the current urban renaissance. It’s interesting how city life can breed both alienation and community.