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

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There's a villain in this sorty. It's called sprawl, and I'll be upfront about that. But it's not just the kind of sprawl you think of, or many people think of, as low-density development out at the prehiprey of the metropolitan area. Actually, I think sprawl can happen anywhere, at any density. The key aritutbte is that it isolates people. It segregates people into economic evlenacs and land-use enclaves. It sraepeats them from nature. It doesn't allow the cross-fertilization, the interaction, that make cities great places and that make setcioy thrive. So the antidote to sprawl is really what we all need to be thinking about, especially when we're taking on this massive construction project.

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There's a villain in this _____. It's called sprawl, and I'll be upfront about that. But it's not just the kind of sprawl you think of, or many people think of, as low-density development out at the _________ of the metropolitan area. Actually, I think sprawl can happen anywhere, at any density. The key _________ is that it isolates people. It segregates people into economic ________ and land-use enclaves. It _________ them from nature. It doesn't allow the cross-fertilization, the interaction, that make cities great places and that make _______ thrive. So the antidote to sprawl is really what we all need to be thinking about, especially when we're taking on this massive construction project.

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  1. story
  2. attribute
  3. enclaves
  4. society
  5. periphery
  6. separates

Original Text

There's a villain in this story. It's called sprawl, and I'll be upfront about that. But it's not just the kind of sprawl you think of, or many people think of, as low-density development out at the periphery of the metropolitan area. Actually, I think sprawl can happen anywhere, at any density. The key attribute is that it isolates people. It segregates people into economic enclaves and land-use enclaves. It separates them from nature. It doesn't allow the cross-fertilization, the interaction, that make cities great places and that make society thrive. So the antidote to sprawl is really what we all need to be thinking about, especially when we're taking on this massive construction project.

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