Our civilization is intelligent enough to accomplish what it wants. The problem is that a major segment of today's population actually wants dead urban regions. People seek the very things -- such as a simplistic monumental geometry, monofunctional zoning, priority for automobile traffic, fenced-off commercial and residential blocks, and forcing all poor people into huge apartment blocks -- that destroy the life of a city. The poor have picked up the same images, so after moving up in society they inevitably join with other middle-class citizens in killing their city. Urban legislation creates the type of city we have today; a radically different legislation might re-create a living city once again, if people can be convinced that their lives and their children's lives would become better. - Nikos A. Salingaros
|Real urbanism in Gamla stan, Stockholm! Unfortunately large portions of the population prefer Subexurban Hell or Le Corbusier's machines for living. But there are only two kinds of culture, urban and rural, and these should not be mixed.|
I will add that a large part of the population wants dead rural regions as well. F.ex. they prefer my old family farm to be stone dead. And they don't want me on my farm to carry on one of the strongest rural cultures that ever were to be seen on the surface of planet Earth!