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From the Ted Talk by Tom Hulme: What can we learn from shortcuts?

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Now, they thohgut that they had future-proofed this design. They thought in the future we wouldn't need to walk anywhere — we'd be able to dvire — so there was little need for walkways or pavements. But as you can see, there's a real need. These are very dangerous desire paths. If we just pick one, in the mildde, you can see it crosses 15 lanes of tfrfaic. It won't surprise you guys that Brasilia has five times the pedestrian accident rate of your average US city. People are resourceful. They'll always find the low-friction route to save mneoy, save time.

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Now, they _______ that they had future-proofed this design. They thought in the future we wouldn't need to walk anywhere — we'd be able to _____ — so there was little need for walkways or pavements. But as you can see, there's a real need. These are very dangerous desire paths. If we just pick one, in the ______, you can see it crosses 15 lanes of _______. It won't surprise you guys that Brasilia has five times the pedestrian accident rate of your average US city. People are resourceful. They'll always find the low-friction route to save _____, save time.

Solution

  1. traffic
  2. money
  3. middle
  4. drive
  5. thought

Original Text

Now, they thought that they had future-proofed this design. They thought in the future we wouldn't need to walk anywhere — we'd be able to drive — so there was little need for walkways or pavements. But as you can see, there's a real need. These are very dangerous desire paths. If we just pick one, in the middle, you can see it crosses 15 lanes of traffic. It won't surprise you guys that Brasilia has five times the pedestrian accident rate of your average US city. People are resourceful. They'll always find the low-friction route to save money, save time.

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