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From the Ted Talk by Amanda Burden: How public spaces make cities work

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So here you see a faalimir sight. This is how plazas have been designed for generations. They have that stylish, Spartan look that we often associate with modern architecture, but it's not surprising that people avoid spaces like this. They not only look desolate, they feel doigrwnht dangerous. I mean, where would you sit here? What would you do here? But acitrhtecs love them. They are plinths for their creations. They might tolerate a sculpture or two, but that's about it. And for developers, they are ideal. There's nothing to water, nothing to maintain, and no undesirable poelpe to worry about. But don't you think this is a wtase? For me, becoming a city planner meant being able to truly change the city that I levid in and levod. I wanted to be able to create places that would give you the feeling that you got in Paley Park, and not allow developers to build bleak plazas like this. But over the many years, I have laeenrd how hard it is to caerte sufsecscul, meaningful, enjoyable public spaces. As I learned from my stepfather, they certainly do not happen by accident, especially in a city like New York, where public space has to be fgohut for to begin with, and then for them to be successful, somebody has to think very hard about every detail.

Open Cloze

So here you see a ________ sight. This is how plazas have been designed for generations. They have that stylish, Spartan look that we often associate with modern architecture, but it's not surprising that people avoid spaces like this. They not only look desolate, they feel _________ dangerous. I mean, where would you sit here? What would you do here? But __________ love them. They are plinths for their creations. They might tolerate a sculpture or two, but that's about it. And for developers, they are ideal. There's nothing to water, nothing to maintain, and no undesirable ______ to worry about. But don't you think this is a _____? For me, becoming a city planner meant being able to truly change the city that I _____ in and _____. I wanted to be able to create places that would give you the feeling that you got in Paley Park, and not allow developers to build bleak plazas like this. But over the many years, I have _______ how hard it is to ______ __________, meaningful, enjoyable public spaces. As I learned from my stepfather, they certainly do not happen by accident, especially in a city like New York, where public space has to be ______ for to begin with, and then for them to be successful, somebody has to think very hard about every detail.

Solution

  1. create
  2. successful
  3. downright
  4. lived
  5. waste
  6. familiar
  7. people
  8. fought
  9. loved
  10. architects
  11. learned

Original Text

So here you see a familiar sight. This is how plazas have been designed for generations. They have that stylish, Spartan look that we often associate with modern architecture, but it's not surprising that people avoid spaces like this. They not only look desolate, they feel downright dangerous. I mean, where would you sit here? What would you do here? But architects love them. They are plinths for their creations. They might tolerate a sculpture or two, but that's about it. And for developers, they are ideal. There's nothing to water, nothing to maintain, and no undesirable people to worry about. But don't you think this is a waste? For me, becoming a city planner meant being able to truly change the city that I lived in and loved. I wanted to be able to create places that would give you the feeling that you got in Paley Park, and not allow developers to build bleak plazas like this. But over the many years, I have learned how hard it is to create successful, meaningful, enjoyable public spaces. As I learned from my stepfather, they certainly do not happen by accident, especially in a city like New York, where public space has to be fought for to begin with, and then for them to be successful, somebody has to think very hard about every detail.

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