The Best of City Life
Living in a city with 150,000 other people gains you access to
amenities that could never be made available in the countryside:
cinemas, theatres, museums, art galleries, libraries, restaurants,
coffee shops, swimming pools, bowling alleys, roller discos, bars, nightclubs...
The list goes on.
And in this city at least, you get excellent public transportation.
By mixing in retail, offices, and, where possible, light industry
with residences, all areas of the city are occupied 24/7, helping to
reduce crime, and making it a real, breathing city.
The Best of Country Life
But by dividing the city into districts, you also get to live in a
community of about 4,300 people – effectively a large village.
At 600 metres across, these districts are built on the human scale.
It takes about 4 minutes to walk from the edge
of a district to its centre where the transport halt and the majority of shops
Equally, the countryside is only ever a 4 minute walk away.
And since these districts are fully pedestrianised, then instead of
the fumes and engine noise and horns and danger of other cities, here
you get fresh air, quiet, and streets safe for children.
A city is more civilised not when it has highways, but when a child on a tricycle is able to move about everywhere with ease and safety.
Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogotá
The central district is larger at 950m across, increasing the walk from its edge to
the transport hub at its centre to
just over 6 minutes.
It is also much more vertical, with apartments and offices located
above ground floor retail.
If the outer districts are
eco-villages, then the central district is a whole pedestrian eco-town