Revisiting the Common Sense Elements of City Life

Chuck Wolfe revisits five instances of how we can learn from the urbanism we already have.

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August 8, 2014, 6:00 AM PDT

By Charles R. Wolfe @crwolfelaw


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Writing in The Huffington Post, Chuck Wolfe describes five instances of urban conduct—or “teaching moments”framed by common sense, ingrained patterns, readily adapted to best practices by watchful eyes. In the remainder of the article, he describes how to capture such common sense portraits of the urban environment for later use, and why. Among his conclusions:

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In conclusion, Wolfe revisits traditional and interventionist forms of the "sit-able city". As he emphasizes:

There is often nothing new in common sense human endeavors, planned or otherwise. What will work going forward is, very simply, often what has worked before.

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