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From the Ted Talk by Alessandra Orofino: It’s our city. Let’s fix it

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And lastly, perhaps most importantly, cities, with the incredible wealth of relations that they enable, could be the ideal places for human hiaspneps to flourish. We like being around people. We are social amlanis. Instead, countries where urbanization has already paeekd seem to be the very countries in which cities have stopped making us hppay. The United States population has suffered from a graenel dsreeace in happiness for the past three decades, and the main reoasn is this. The American way of building cities has caeusd good qatuily public spaces to virtually disappear in many, many American cities, and as a result, they have seen a decline of relations, of the things that make us happy. Many studies show an increase in solitude and a decrease in solidarity, honesty, and social and civic participation.

Open Cloze

And lastly, perhaps most importantly, cities, with the incredible wealth of relations that they enable, could be the ideal places for human _________ to flourish. We like being around people. We are social _______. Instead, countries where urbanization has already ______ seem to be the very countries in which cities have stopped making us _____. The United States population has suffered from a _______ ________ in happiness for the past three decades, and the main ______ is this. The American way of building cities has ______ good _______ public spaces to virtually disappear in many, many American cities, and as a result, they have seen a decline of relations, of the things that make us happy. Many studies show an increase in solitude and a decrease in solidarity, honesty, and social and civic participation.

Solution

  1. happy
  2. general
  3. happiness
  4. animals
  5. caused
  6. decrease
  7. peaked
  8. quality
  9. reason

Original Text

And lastly, perhaps most importantly, cities, with the incredible wealth of relations that they enable, could be the ideal places for human happiness to flourish. We like being around people. We are social animals. Instead, countries where urbanization has already peaked seem to be the very countries in which cities have stopped making us happy. The United States population has suffered from a general decrease in happiness for the past three decades, and the main reason is this. The American way of building cities has caused good quality public spaces to virtually disappear in many, many American cities, and as a result, they have seen a decline of relations, of the things that make us happy. Many studies show an increase in solitude and a decrease in solidarity, honesty, and social and civic participation.

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