City 39 quotes

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Every increment of construction should be done in such a way as to heal the city. Christopher Alexander
The goal of the city is to make man happy and safe. Aristotle
Downtown is the antidote for boredom. Daniel Ashworth
No urban area will prosper unless it attracts those who can choose to live wherever they wish. Jonathon Barnett
The food would have to be pretty horrible for this not to be a perfect lunch. sitting down in a Roman piazza Buff Chace
Increasingly, we live in a world where cities compete for people, and businesses follow. This trend has largely been ignored by many cities, which are still focused on business climate and tax incentives. But I think the big question businesses will ask in the years to come is going to be 'Can I hire talented people in this city?' Cities need to be able to answer 'yes' to succeed. Carol Coletta
The smallest molecule of mixed use is the Coke machine. I observed that when one that had been installed for construction workers in an alley at Port Royal was preserved at the petition of the residents. Victor Dover
In 1860, the capital city of Washington, with a population of 60,000, had unlighted streets, open sewers, and pigs roaming about its principal avenues. This condition was worse than the worst of our current cities. There is hope. Andrés Duany
Anchorage is the most awful place. All people know is that nature is beautiful; and they do not give a thought to the city they inhabit. Douglas Duany
My grandson Eric and his wife, Jennifer, recently acquired a beautiful chocolate-colored Labrador retriever. They have a home in rural Connecticut and an apartment in Lower Manhattan. When asked recently where the dog is happier, Eric replied: Well, he enjoys the openness in the country, and being unleashed. But he really seems to enjoy the city more... that's where all his friends are. David C. Gross
If you want the retail of Paris, build Paris. Seth Harry
The City is organized complexity. Jane Jacobs
But seek the welfare of the City and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7
If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places. Fred Kent
Seductive congestion. It's what the best cities are all about. John King
Men do not love Rome because she is beautiful; Rome is beautiful because men have loved her. Leopold Kohr
Cities are gentrified by the following types of people in sequence: first the risk-oblivious, usually artists, then the risk-aware, the developers, and finally the risk adverse, the dentists from Des Moines. Bill Kraus
City-making is an art rather than a product of statistical analysis or social service casework.The future will compel us to change our way of life, to give up the fiasco of suburbia and all its revolting accessories and recondense our living and working places into the traditional human habitats called cities, towns, and neighborhoods. The City In Mind James Howard Kunstler
The 20th Century was about getting around. The 21st Century will be about staying in a place worth staying in. James Howard Kunstler
Finding ways to intervene positively rather than destructively in the old city is a lot of what pro-urbanist planning--new or old--is all about. Nathan Landau
When you're making a housing decision, you're also making a decision on transportation. Barbara Lipman
Above all else, a city is a means of providing a maximum number of social contacts and satisfactions. When the open spaces gape too widely, and the dispersal is too constant, the people lack a stage for their activities and the drama of their daily life lacks sharp focus. The Highway and the City Lewis Mumford
We cannot continue to believe that the landscape is sacred and the city profane. They must both be considered sacred. Paul Murrain
What kills a city are people who want only low taxes, only want a good deal and only want cities to be about . . . pipes, pavement and policing. Glen Murray
Cities are for people. A city is where people come to work and raise their families and to spend their money and to walk in the evening. It is not a traffic corridor. John Norquist
We need to design our cities so that one feels embarrassed, inconvenienced, and like one who is missing out on all the fun when driving a car. Dom Nozzi
I was walking to work this morning when I saw a huge group of out-of-town students filling the street corner on Eighth Avenue and 56th Street. As I was squeezing my way by them, I saw two teenage girls looking up Eighth Avenue at the start of Central Park. One girl turned to the other and asked, Is that the end of the city? Alice Oglethorpe
Over the last 30 years, we've been able to magnify environmental consciousness all over the world. As a result, we know a lot about the ideal environment for a happy whale or a happy mountain gorilla. We're far less clear about what constitutes an ideal environment for a happy human being. One common measure for how clean a mountain stream is, is to look for trout. If you find the trout, the habitat is healthy. It's the same way with children in a city. Children are a kind of indicator species. If we can build a successful city for children, we will have a successful city for all people. Enrique Penalosa
A premise of the new city is that we want a society to be as egalitarian as possible. For this purpose, quality-of-life distribution is more important than income distribution. [And quality of life includes] a living environment as free of motor vehicles as possible. Enrique Penalosa
Urbanism is to the built environment as philosophy and theology are to the life of the mind: at once ambitious and humble, comprehensive in its intellectual purview and ambition, omitting nothing... G. K. Picorbo
With every building you build, you build a city. Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk
There is no lack of space [in cities]. It is just that most of it is in the form of vacant parking lots and extra wide roads. Michael Ronkin
The ideal city? Out the front door, London; out the back door, Los Angeles. Colin Rowe
The measure of any great civilization is in its cities, and the measure of a city's greatness is to be found in the quality of its public spaces, its parks and squares. John Ruskin
The automobile was, and remains, the agent of chaos, the breaker of the city. Vincent Scully
If you have brains in your head and feet in your shoes, if the street isn’t nice, you’ll go where you choose. Dr. Seuss
Altogether some 47 million people, one in six Americans, live in 18 million homes in 230,000 community associations and pay around $35 billion in fees every year. Around 1.25 million people serve on community association boards. Sep 1, 2001 The Economist
What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured. Kurt Vonnegut
You can measure the health of a city by the vitality and energy of its streets and public spaces. Holly Whyte