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Old Posted Oct 1, 2010, 9:53 AM
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Originally Posted by SpongeG View Post
^^^ what kind of fantasy world do you live in?

that kind of lifestyle of walking to cafes and shops is not real for most people cause they don't want to live that way
Eh... No. The main reason most people don't live in places where that can be done is that after the 1920s "urban" planning took a different direction. Laws, taxes, fees, ... , have been anti-urban in much of the west for a long time. Modernist suburban planning is still the norm in Stockholm at least, and it has nothing to do with how people want to live. The only study I know of about how people actually want to live (in Stockholm) showed about 45% want a house of their own, 45% urban living and about 5% the modernist highrise 'burbs that have been (and still are being) built.

People DO want to live where the lifestyle of walking to cafes and shops is possible, but there's a huge shortage of such places. The market has not provided, it has been skewed by planning ideology and laws aiming for sprawlburbia.
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