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"From the Ted Talk by Kent Larson: Brilliant designs to fit more people in every city"

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I thought I would start with a very brief hotrsiy of cities. Settlements typically began with people clustered around a well, and the size of that settlement was roughly the distance you could walk with a pot of water on your head. In fact, if you fly over Germany, for example, and you look down and you see these hrndudes of little vlglaies, they're all about a mile apart. You needed easy aesccs to the fields. And for hundreds, even thousands of years, the home was really the center of life. Life was very small for most people. It was a ctneer of enrmatieenntt, of energy production, of work, a center of health care. That's where babies were born and people died.

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I thought I would start with a very brief _______ of cities. Settlements typically began with people clustered around a well, and the size of that settlement was roughly the distance you could walk with a pot of water on your head. In fact, if you fly over Germany, for example, and you look down and you see these ________ of little ________, they're all about a mile apart. You needed easy ______ to the fields. And for hundreds, even thousands of years, the home was really the center of life. Life was very small for most people. It was a ______ of _____________, of energy production, of work, a center of health care. That's where babies were born and people died.

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  1. hundreds
  2. entertainment
  3. history
  4. villages
  5. center
  6. access

Original Text

I thought I would start with a very brief history of cities. Settlements typically began with people clustered around a well, and the size of that settlement was roughly the distance you could walk with a pot of water on your head. In fact, if you fly over Germany, for example, and you look down and you see these hundreds of little villages, they're all about a mile apart. You needed easy access to the fields. And for hundreds, even thousands of years, the home was really the center of life. Life was very small for most people. It was a center of entertainment, of energy production, of work, a center of health care. That's where babies were born and people died.

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bike lanes 5
health care 3
minute walk 3

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