The City as a Stage
No one believes that people want to live in a crappy town. I just believe that too often we fail to show others what is possible. And when we attempt to inspire, the goals tend to be about programming (what people will be doing) rather than show how certain, fundamental concepts will give them the freedom to do many different things with the city.
Prosperity and productivity are by-products of efficient, happy work within an efficient space. We need to demand more efficient use of our city space and make them inspiring so they promote happiness. We must always be showing people how certain built environments are going to improve our lives, not burden them.
Sidewalks shouldn't be spoken of as a form of access, but a place for work, communication, and entertainment.
The city itself is our outdoor room for the theater that is tomorrow. We must build better stages -- plain and simple.