Last June, Lowell hosted a conference on Innovative Cities that was attended by people from around the country and overseas. The late Tony Judt wrote about his days in New York City. An excerpt from his forthcoming book “The Memory Chalet’ is in today’s NYTimes. His description of the pluralistic street life in New York City reminded me of the cultural layerings we see every day in Lowell, especially in the neighborhoods contiguous to downtown. Read the op-ed piece here, and get the NYT if you want more.