I know little of city planning. I'm a mere spectator to the whole thing.
So from my very simplistic eyes, cities grow outwards or upwards. Dallas, LA, Minneapolis: outwards. Infinite dirt in all directions. NYC, Tokyo…upwards. Tall skyscrapers kissing the clouds.
Most (all?) cities end up doing some ratio of both as the times dictate.
And so I think about art, or science, or music, or (as usual) myself.
When I think of, say, music going upwards. I think of Mozart, Elvis, or Swedish producers. Pushing the technique and precision to such a high level. And then at times, music grows outwards. Glass, Hendrix, Miles Davis. Just plain simply brand new novel sounds. Something we just haven't heard before as humans.
For myself, I love outwards. I like new combinations, new things, new new. Refinement is less of a concern for me.
I would have bought the piano when everyone was practicing the harpsichord. Gone electric like Dylan. (For the record, I'm terrible at anything musical. So I would have gone electric, but nothing like Dylan.)
But I respect those who go upwards. I need upward people on my team. And outward people. I want my city to grow in both directions as much as possible. But mostly outwards. Because, you know, it's me.