Sesame Street = Bad Urbanism?

People always think that because he advocates for better public spaces and density that Bill Lindeke wants something like the closely-knit community of Sesame Street. Step back, says Lindeke.

Lindeke cites an example of a friend who asked him why he didn't go up and talk to homeless people if he likes interacting in public space so much.

He writes, "The point is that sidewalks, parks, and squares are good public spaces precisely because you can learn about different kinds of people without actually talking to them. That's exactly what public life is about. Different kinds of people can watch each other, present themselves to each other, interact or not interact as they choose."

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