“In a good city, you must be able to walk to buy milk or bread. If you have to get into a car to buy milk or bread it means the city is not well-designed.
“What makes the difference between an advanced city and a backward city is not that it has flyovers or elevated highways or subways. What makes the difference is that upper-income people use public transport, use the sidewalks and parks. A good city is one with great sidewalks.”
Mr. Penalosa, currently senior international advisor to the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy of New York, from Jessica Zafra's entry A good city has great sidewalks.
And good parks, please. I am so envious of all the people on flickr who have forests and daisies and butterflies as backdrops for pictures. I only have MOA.
Also, I want to have picnics when it's not too hot while I lie on a gingham table cloth and munch on ham sandwiches.