Plato undervalued the vital stimuli and challenges to growth: variety, disorder, conflict, tension, weakness, and even temporary failure. Each of these, if it does not harden into a fixed pattern, may produce a far more desirable community than any mode of conformity, whether that conformity be imposed by the philistine executives of a modern government agency or business corporation aided by electronic computers…The dialectic opposition of good and evil is not the whole of life: there are processes of physiological change and maturation, of physical disruption and eruption, that have little to do with it. But to overlook the place of dialectic in the polis is to overlook the city’s main function: the enlargement in human consciousness of the drama of life itself, through whose enactment existence discloses fresh meanings, not given by any momentary analysis or repetitious statistical order.
-Lewis Mumford, The City in History
This building should never be built. Miami 21 needs to be implemented, and Miami needs to start finding money to build light rail. Cities should not be built around garages and parking lots, they should be built around sustainable downtown regions, and responsible planning.
- Julian Kasdin, on a proposed 20 story parking garage and billboards .
“There is no such thing as a natural level of car use. The number of cars used in the city is a political decision. Traffic problems don’t come from more cars, they come from more roads…”
-Former Mayor of Bogota Enrique Penalosa
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