"To have your horizon shifted in a town of 6,000 by an unheralded gem of a painting or a song belted out from a band shell on a starry summer night, that’s special. It reinforces the truth that big cities and grand institutions per se don’t produce creative works; individuals do. And being reminded of that is fun."
Smithsonian Magazine via Planetizen
"I don’t use transit because I don’t like to plan; my trips are somewhat spontaneous and I like life that way.
Ideally, the operational test for good transit … is that if I have to use a bus schedule, I won’t use transit."
— David Sucher, Sustainable Communities Collective
"The remarkable intricacy and liveliness of downtown can never be created by the abstract logic of a few men. Downtown has had the capability of providing something for everybody only because it has been created by everybody. So it should be in the future; planners and architects have a vital contribution to make, but the citizen has a more vital one. It is his city, after all; his job is not merely to sell plans made by others, it is to get into the thick of the planning job himself."
— Jane Jacobs from a 1958 essay Fortune magazine recently reprinted
"First life, then spaces, then buildings; the other way around never works."
— Jan Gehl