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Community is essential for happy people andIMG_2245 societies

For people and societies to flourish, neighbors must know each other and play regular supportive roles in each others’ lives. This must ultimately happen not through indirect methods such as the internet but through face to face contact. The ills of modern society – loneliness, psychological disorder, intolerance, drug abuse, a lack of free time, and other issues – can all be ameliorated by strong communities.

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Community can only thrive with IMG_3354access to common land

Strong communities need common land. Such land includes pedestrian-priority residential streets, pedestrian malls, and plazas/squares. Such common land must be located in the heart of communities, be accessible by public transportation, be well maintained, and offer a healthy number of activities.

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The quest for common land must focus on streetsEureka-Valley-SF

Streets represent the vast majority of centrally located common land in most towns and cities. Transforming appropriate streets into places that prioritize people and social contact over vehicular movement must represent, for the foreseeable future, the main way of restoring common land to the people.

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Everybody deserves to live in a walkable placeIMG_2120

Walkable towns and cities offer the best opportunities for people to meet each other and to live in beautiful, safe, and affordable places. “Walkable” means not only walking access to all one’s daily needs but also that the walk to such places should be pleasant and danger-free.

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We all have the right to live in a beautiful 16698839038_bd8e46af3a_bplace

If a visitor from Venice, Italy, thinks that where the rest of us live is beautiful then we have succeeded; until then, we have work to do. Beauty requires fully embracing the human scale: Destinations are easily reached by walking, buildings and public spaces are the appropriate sizes and shapes. Beauty also depends on places designed, built, and approved by local communities with materials that are as natural as possible.

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