ᴅᴀᴠɪᴅ ᴘᴇʀᴇʟʟ ✌ @david_perell "The Writing Guy" | Host of the North Star Podcast: perell.com/podcast | Writing at perell.com/ | Teaching at writeofpassage.school/ Jan. 16, 2020 1 min read

My favorite neighborhoods in New York have the same features.

• Cars drive slowly
• Narrow streets
• Tree-lined sidewalks
• Neighborhoods are zoned for apartments and commercial use

Oh, and extra points for cobble-stone streets.

We already know how to build great cities.

I think the ultimate ideal is big cities with lots of little neighborhoods.

Big cities give you access, serendipity, and economic opportunities.

Little neighborhoods give you walkability and relationships with your neighbors.

Public transportation is the key ingredient.

Helping people move to cities is the lowest piece of low-hanging fruit in society.

But too many cities lack community, which makes people feel isolated.

As a society, we should spend much more time studying cities — and how we can make them feel homey.


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