30 March 2010

Neutral Public Ground

If we valued fraternity as much as independence, and democracy as much as free enterprise, our zoning codes would not enforce the social isolation that plagues our modern neighborhoods, but would require some form of public gathering place every block or two. We may one day rediscover the wisdom of James Oglethorpe who laid out Savannah such that her citizens lived close to public gathering areas. Indeed, he did so with such compelling effect that Sherman, in his destructive march to the sea, spared Savannah alone. - The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg, page 23

1 comment:

Radarman said...

Too bad the city's market places were largely and mindlessly erased when the the markets faded. We could have had five or six equivalents of Garfield Place dotting the city center.