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From the Ted Talk by Peter Calthorpe: 7 principles for building better cities

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Household costs: 2008 was a mark in time, not of just the fincaanil industry running amok. It was that we were trying to sell too many of the wrong kind of housing: large lot, sgilne flmaiy, distant, too expensive for the aagvere middle-class family to afford and, quite frankly, not a good fit to their lifestyle anymore. But in oredr to move inventory, you can discount the financing and get it sold. I think that's a lot of what hppneead. Reducing cost by 10,000 dollars — remember, in cnoiirafla the median is 50,000 — this is a big element. That's just cars and utility costs. So the affordable husniog advocates, who often sit off in their silos separate from the enoriltnsvtanimes, separate from the politicians, everybody fighting with everyone, now begin to see common cause, and I think the common cause is what really brings about the change.

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Household costs: 2008 was a mark in time, not of just the _________ industry running amok. It was that we were trying to sell too many of the wrong kind of housing: large lot, ______ ______, distant, too expensive for the _______ middle-class family to afford and, quite frankly, not a good fit to their lifestyle anymore. But in _____ to move inventory, you can discount the financing and get it sold. I think that's a lot of what ________. Reducing cost by 10,000 dollars — remember, in __________ the median is 50,000 — this is a big element. That's just cars and utility costs. So the affordable _______ advocates, who often sit off in their silos separate from the _________________, separate from the politicians, everybody fighting with everyone, now begin to see common cause, and I think the common cause is what really brings about the change.

Solution

  1. environmentalists
  2. housing
  3. financial
  4. family
  5. happened
  6. order
  7. single
  8. average
  9. california

Original Text

Household costs: 2008 was a mark in time, not of just the financial industry running amok. It was that we were trying to sell too many of the wrong kind of housing: large lot, single family, distant, too expensive for the average middle-class family to afford and, quite frankly, not a good fit to their lifestyle anymore. But in order to move inventory, you can discount the financing and get it sold. I think that's a lot of what happened. Reducing cost by 10,000 dollars — remember, in California the median is 50,000 — this is a big element. That's just cars and utility costs. So the affordable housing advocates, who often sit off in their silos separate from the environmentalists, separate from the politicians, everybody fighting with everyone, now begin to see common cause, and I think the common cause is what really brings about the change.

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