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In a 20 mph collision, 4% of pedestrians die, 30 mph is 55%, and 40 mph is over 80%.
Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities
It's not the beer cans I mind, it's the roads.
We have agreed not to drive our automobiles into cathedrals, concert halls, art museums, legislative assemblies, private bedrooms and the other sanctums of our culture; we should treat our national parks with the same deference, for they, too, are holy places.
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
Factors that are driving the popularity of large houses: First, with less of a sense of community and public life in our culture, the home becomes a fortress which needs to contain everything we need, including multiple forms of entertainment, rather than basic shelter…
The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is superior to authority.
A master plan that relies on good architecture to be good is not a good master plan.
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.
A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.
If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?
I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.
If, as the philosophers maintain, the city is like some large house, and the house is in turn like some small city, cannot the various parts of the house—atria, loggias, dining rooms, porticoes and so on—be considered miniature buildings? Could anything be omitted >from any of these, through inattention and neglect, without detracting from the dignity and worth of the work? The greatest care and attention, then, should be paid to studying these elements, which contribute to the whole work, so as to ensure that even the most insignificant parts appear to have been formed according to the rule of art.
Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy.
Every increment of construction should be done in such a way as to heal the city.
Transparency breeds self-correcting behavior.
More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
If they could, 84% of older households would like to remain in their houses rather than move to retirement communities.
After the Renaissance had turned decidedly against the informality of the Middle Ages, involuntary and dictated by conditions as it often was, the designers of the Post-Renaissance period made it a point to break the laws which had been considered immutable during the Renaissance. Michelangelo meant to burst the toils and chains of architectural rules, ancient and modern. That does not mean, however, that he and his followers wanted to be without rules; on the contrary in place of the old simple rules that were broken, new and more complicated ones were established and the new ones grew continuously more intricate...
...each additional hour spent in a car per day was associated with a 6% increase in the odds of being obese, while each additional kilometer walked per day was associated with a 4.8% reduction in the odds of being obese.
2003; re: U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1996
In August of 2006 annualized housing starts in the US were just over 1.6 million. This is down to 2003 levels, but 2003 was still a record year. The number of units started in New Urbanist projects this year was what? A thousand? Two thousand? Sixteen thousand? This makes us the most accomplished and influential rounding error in the world of development.
Nothing is more extinct than yesterday's avant-garde.
The modernists are less interested in what is true or useful than in stripping architecture of its authority.
A leader is one who influences.
When you have too much of something, you tax it. When you have too little of something, you subsidize it.
We don't want slow growth. We want slow land consumption.
Reculer pour mieux sauter: to step back in order to better jump forward.
How is a village a village? By including young & old, white & black, rich & poor, churches & shops.
They hang the man and flog the woman That steal the goose from off the common. But let the greater villain loose That steals the common from the goose.
Folk poem, circa 1764
The avant-garde mistakes individualism (which is common) for creativity (which is rare).
Man stand on hillside with mouth open for a long time before fried duck fly into it.
Vietnamese saying
When Aeschines speaks, the people say, 'How well he speaks.' But when Demosthenes speaks, the people say, 'Let us march!'
Ancient Greek adage
How many of you here think housing should be more affordable? (almost all hands rise) OK, now how many of those own your own home?' (most of the same hands stay up) OK. How many of you want the value of your own home to go down? (lots of blank looks, and hands creeping down) You see the problem?
Viaggiare e vivere (To travel is to live)
A teacher fills a bucket with big rocks and asks the students Is this bucket full? They all answer yes. Then she takes gravel from a pile hidden behind her desk and fills in around the big rocks until the bucket is full again. Now, with the same question, some students aren't quite so sure. She repeats the same with sand, and then with water. What's the lesson? she asks... The smaller stuff can always fit around the larger stuff, but if you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in.
The suburb fails to be a countryside because it is too dense. It fails to be a city because it is not dense enough.
A street is a spatial entity and not the residue between buildings.
Suburbia is a collection of private benefits and public nuisances.
A specialist is someone from out of town.
A specialist is someone who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing at all.
A community has to have the capacity to envision a future they want, and not just the one they are likely to get.
Placing surface parking lots in your downtowns is like placing a toilet in your living room.
In the combination of the New Urbanism and the Internet, American society can create on vast scale an entirely original social structure. What is their common ground? That together they overcome the tyranny of distance and the curse of isolation.
The Nobel intends to honor those who have helped humanity; the Pritzker honors those who have insulted it.
reported by Kenneth Hitchens
Error illuminates the truth.
All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
The goal of the city is to make man happy and safe.
Downtown is the antidote for boredom.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
A leader is someone who cares enough to tell the people not merely what they want to hear, but what they need to know.