Some other folks who knew how to put a sentence together:
George Bernard Shaw:.
It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid. (1903)
Architecture, like government, is about as good as a community deserves.
– Sticks and Stones, 1924
Mind takes form in the city; and in turn, urban forms condition mind.
– The Culture of Cities, 1938
Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends.
The right to access every building in the city by private motorcar, in an age when everyone owns such a vehicle, is actually the right to destroy the city.
Restore human legs as a means of travel. Pedestrians rely on food for fuel and need no special parking facilities.
“Cities need old buildings so badly it is probably impossible for vigorous streets and districts to grow without them. By old buildings I mean not museum-piece old buildings, not old buildings in an excellent state of rehabilitation — although these make fine ingredients — but also a good lot of plain, ordinary, low-value old buildings, including some rundown old buildings….
Even the enterprises that can support new construction in cities need old construction in their immediate vicinity. Otherwise they are part of a total attraction and total environment that is economically too limited — and therefore functionally too limited to be lively, interesting and convenient. Flourishing diversity anywhere in a city means the mingling of high-yield, middling-yield, low-yield and no-yield enterprises.”
Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.
James Howard Kunstler:
Efficiency is the straightest path to hell.
(From The Long Emergency, …exactly why a Wal-Mart economy will bring us to grief more rapidly than a national agglomeration of diverse independent small-town economies.)
(Many of the above were taken from this awesome collection of urban design quotes.)