RINGING IN THE NEW. A Constrained Vision brags on the Raleigh acorn and assorted other objects (a giant bologna???) people lower to count down to the New Year. Happy New Year, no matter how you choose to introduce it.

But let me offer a different candidate for Best Urban Celebration. Chicago featured fireworks from the Buckingham Fountain and from Navy Pier. Perhaps one of these years I'll have reason to observe it in person, if at all possible from a boat, if the harbor is open. The Chicago skyline, viewed from the lake side, is the equal of any other coastal city of size.

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