full transcript

From the Ted Talk by James Howard Kunstler: The ghastly tragedy of the suburbs

Unscramble the Blue Letters

The pattern of Main sreett USA — in fact, this pattern of building downtown blocks, all over the world, is fairly universal. It's not that complicated: buildings more than one story high, built out to the sidewalk edge, so that people who are, you know, all kinds of people can get into the building. Other activities are allowed to occur upstairs, you know, aepmarntts, offices, and so on. You make provision for this activity cllaed shopping on the ground floor. They haven't lraneed that in Monterey. If you go out to the corner right at the main intersection right in fnort of this conference ceentr, you'll see an intersection with four blank walls on every corner. It's really irnbeicdle.

Open Cloze

The pattern of Main ______ USA — in fact, this pattern of building downtown blocks, all over the world, is fairly universal. It's not that complicated: buildings more than one story high, built out to the sidewalk edge, so that people who are, you know, all kinds of people can get into the building. Other activities are allowed to occur upstairs, you know, __________, offices, and so on. You make provision for this activity ______ shopping on the ground floor. They haven't _______ that in Monterey. If you go out to the corner right at the main intersection right in _____ of this conference ______, you'll see an intersection with four blank walls on every corner. It's really __________.

Solution

  1. front
  2. street
  3. apartments
  4. center
  5. learned
  6. called
  7. incredible

Original Text

The pattern of Main Street USA — in fact, this pattern of building downtown blocks, all over the world, is fairly universal. It's not that complicated: buildings more than one story high, built out to the sidewalk edge, so that people who are, you know, all kinds of people can get into the building. Other activities are allowed to occur upstairs, you know, apartments, offices, and so on. You make provision for this activity called shopping on the ground floor. They haven't learned that in Monterey. If you go out to the corner right at the main intersection right in front of this conference center, you'll see an intersection with four blank walls on every corner. It's really incredible.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
worth caring 6
public space 4
define space 3
public realm 3
create places 2
civic life 2
world war 2
war ii 2
hopeful present 2
target store 2
united states 2
worth defending 2
boston city 2
mutilated urbanism 2
good buildings 2
street trees 2
live closer 2
alternative fuels 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
world war ii 2

Important Words

  1. activities
  2. activity
  3. allowed
  4. apartments
  5. blank
  6. blocks
  7. building
  8. buildings
  9. built
  10. called
  11. center
  12. conference
  13. corner
  14. downtown
  15. edge
  16. fact
  17. floor
  18. front
  19. ground
  20. high
  21. incredible
  22. intersection
  23. kinds
  24. learned
  25. main
  26. monterey
  27. occur
  28. offices
  29. pattern
  30. people
  31. provision
  32. shopping
  33. sidewalk
  34. story
  35. street
  36. universal
  37. upstairs
  38. usa
  39. walls
  40. world