Liveable vs Lovable

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I spoke to Joel Kotkin, a professor of urban development, and asked him about these surveys. “I’ve been to Copenhagen,” (Monocle’s Number 2) he tells me “and it’s cute. But frankly, on the second day, I was wondering what to do.” So, if the results aren’t to his liking, what does he suggest? “We need to ask, what makes a city great? If your idea of a great city is restful, orderly, clean, then that’s fine. You can go live in a gated community. These kinds of cities are what is called ‘productive resorts’. Descartes, writing about 17th-century Amsterdam, said that a great city should be ‘an inventory of the possible’. I like that description.”

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4 thoughts on “Liveable vs Lovable

  1. Architecturelinked

    Inventory of the possible is a very nice description. I think, though, that to some extent cities, like beauty, are in the eye of the beholder. We crave different environments, and ideally they would all be available.

  2. Inventory of the possible is a very nice description. I think, though,
    that to some extent cities, like beauty, are in the eye of the beholder.
    We crave different environments, and ideally they would all be
    available.

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