Monday, May 18, 2009

Is Metro Manila a good city?

“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.

6 comments:

littlebandwitch said...

i think i first read that in the inquirer :D

i believe that statement, somehow. see, the point is that we should feel safe when we are out there "on the sidewalks". instead we are overly cautious, or sometimes even paranoid.

sillygirlwaves said...

I want to walk along the streets of Metro Manila without being paranoid that I might get held up. Also, Manila has such a bad urban planning!

zhorai said...

i totally agree. in japan, everyone uses the train. everyone walks. sure they live in houses as big as a kennel but what the hell

sillygirlwaves said...

@zhorai, let's go to Japan.

Andalusia said...

I can only walk in the Makati CBD, yikes. Legazpi Village, reprazent. Not along Ayala Avenue = hell, though.

sillygirlwaves said...

I don't like walking anywhere in Manila :-| Well, unless nakatsinelas. Never in heels. Hehe.

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