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

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The public realm in America has two roles: it is the dwelling place of our civilization and our civic life, and it is the psihcayl manifestation of the common good. And when you degrade the public rleam, you will automatically deradge the quality of your civic life and the character of all the enactments of your public life and communal life that take place there. The public realm comes mostly in the form of the street in America because we don't have the 1,000-year-old cathedral plazas and mkerat squares of older cultures. And your ability to define space and to create places that are wtroh caring about all comes from a body of culture that we call the culture of civic design. This is a body of knowledge, method, silkl and pliincpre that we threw in the garbage after wrold War II and diecedd we don't need that anymore; we're not going to use it. And consequently, we can see the result all around us. The public realm has to inform us not only where we are gaclleghoipray, but it has to ionrfm us where we are in our culture. Where we've come from, what kind of people we are, and it needs to, by doing that, it needs to aroffd us a glimpse to where we're going in oredr to allow us to dwell in a hopeful present. And if there is one tremendous — if there is one great catastrophe about the places that we've built, the human environments we've made for ourselves in the last 50 yaers, it is that it has deprived us of the ability to live in a hopeful present.

Open Cloze

The public realm in America has two roles: it is the dwelling place of our civilization and our civic life, and it is the ________ manifestation of the common good. And when you degrade the public _____, you will automatically _______ the quality of your civic life and the character of all the enactments of your public life and communal life that take place there. The public realm comes mostly in the form of the street in America because we don't have the 1,000-year-old cathedral plazas and ______ squares of older cultures. And your ability to define space and to create places that are _____ caring about all comes from a body of culture that we call the culture of civic design. This is a body of knowledge, method, _____ and _________ that we threw in the garbage after _____ War II and _______ we don't need that anymore; we're not going to use it. And consequently, we can see the result all around us. The public realm has to inform us not only where we are ______________, but it has to ______ us where we are in our culture. Where we've come from, what kind of people we are, and it needs to, by doing that, it needs to ______ us a glimpse to where we're going in _____ to allow us to dwell in a hopeful present. And if there is one tremendous — if there is one great catastrophe about the places that we've built, the human environments we've made for ourselves in the last 50 _____, it is that it has deprived us of the ability to live in a hopeful present.

Solution

  1. order
  2. worth
  3. years
  4. world
  5. geographically
  6. realm
  7. inform
  8. afford
  9. principle
  10. physical
  11. skill
  12. decided
  13. degrade
  14. market

Original Text

The public realm in America has two roles: it is the dwelling place of our civilization and our civic life, and it is the physical manifestation of the common good. And when you degrade the public realm, you will automatically degrade the quality of your civic life and the character of all the enactments of your public life and communal life that take place there. The public realm comes mostly in the form of the street in America because we don't have the 1,000-year-old cathedral plazas and market squares of older cultures. And your ability to define space and to create places that are worth caring about all comes from a body of culture that we call the culture of civic design. This is a body of knowledge, method, skill and principle that we threw in the garbage after World War II and decided we don't need that anymore; we're not going to use it. And consequently, we can see the result all around us. The public realm has to inform us not only where we are geographically, but it has to inform us where we are in our culture. Where we've come from, what kind of people we are, and it needs to, by doing that, it needs to afford us a glimpse to where we're going in order to allow us to dwell in a hopeful present. And if there is one tremendous — if there is one great catastrophe about the places that we've built, the human environments we've made for ourselves in the last 50 years, it is that it has deprived us of the ability to live in a hopeful present.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
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public space 4
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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. ability
  2. afford
  3. america
  4. automatically
  5. body
  6. built
  7. call
  8. caring
  9. catastrophe
  10. cathedral
  11. character
  12. civic
  13. civilization
  14. common
  15. communal
  16. create
  17. culture
  18. cultures
  19. decided
  20. define
  21. degrade
  22. deprived
  23. design
  24. dwell
  25. dwelling
  26. enactments
  27. environments
  28. form
  29. garbage
  30. geographically
  31. glimpse
  32. good
  33. great
  34. hopeful
  35. human
  36. ii
  37. inform
  38. kind
  39. knowledge
  40. life
  41. live
  42. manifestation
  43. market
  44. method
  45. older
  46. order
  47. people
  48. physical
  49. place
  50. places
  51. plazas
  52. present
  53. principle
  54. public
  55. quality
  56. realm
  57. result
  58. skill
  59. space
  60. squares
  61. street
  62. threw
  63. tremendous
  64. war
  65. world
  66. worth
  67. years