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

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Here's another kind of sprawl: China, high-density sprawl, what you think of as an oxymoron, but the same problems, everything isolated in sropeubclks, and of course this amaznig smog that was just spoken to. twevle percent of GDP in China now is spent on the health impacts of that. The history, of course, of Chinese cities is robust. It's like any other place. cmutnimoy was all about small, local shops and local services and walking, ientcntriag with your neighbors. It may sunod utopian, but it's not. It's actually what people really want. The new superblocks — these are blocks that would have 5,000 units in them, and they're gtead as well, because nobody knows anybody else. And of course, there isn't even a sidewalk, no ground floor shops — a very sterile environment. I found this one case here in one of the superblocks where people had illicitly set up spohs in their garages so that they could have that kind of local service economy. The desire of people to get it right is there. We just have to get the planners on barod and the politicians.

Open Cloze

Here's another kind of sprawl: China, high-density sprawl, what you think of as an oxymoron, but the same problems, everything isolated in ___________, and of course this _______ smog that was just spoken to. ______ percent of GDP in China now is spent on the health impacts of that. The history, of course, of Chinese cities is robust. It's like any other place. _________ was all about small, local shops and local services and walking, ___________ with your neighbors. It may _____ utopian, but it's not. It's actually what people really want. The new superblocks — these are blocks that would have 5,000 units in them, and they're _____ as well, because nobody knows anybody else. And of course, there isn't even a sidewalk, no ground floor shops — a very sterile environment. I found this one case here in one of the superblocks where people had illicitly set up _____ in their garages so that they could have that kind of local service economy. The desire of people to get it right is there. We just have to get the planners on _____ and the politicians.

Solution

  1. shops
  2. amazing
  3. interacting
  4. board
  5. gated
  6. sound
  7. twelve
  8. superblocks
  9. community

Original Text

Here's another kind of sprawl: China, high-density sprawl, what you think of as an oxymoron, but the same problems, everything isolated in superblocks, and of course this amazing smog that was just spoken to. Twelve percent of GDP in China now is spent on the health impacts of that. The history, of course, of Chinese cities is robust. It's like any other place. Community was all about small, local shops and local services and walking, interacting with your neighbors. It may sound utopian, but it's not. It's actually what people really want. The new superblocks — these are blocks that would have 5,000 units in them, and they're gated as well, because nobody knows anybody else. And of course, there isn't even a sidewalk, no ground floor shops — a very sterile environment. I found this one case here in one of the superblocks where people had illicitly set up shops in their garages so that they could have that kind of local service economy. The desire of people to get it right is there. We just have to get the planners on board and the politicians.

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