Re: The world’s greatest neighborhoods

I’m always telling people that the world’s greatest neighborhoods are terrible places to park, and it’s no coincidence. … Part of the reason you don’t see much parking in back, of course, is that if this is a successful urban neighborhood, someone is going to come along with a more valuable use for that land than parking….

(G)ood pedestrian environments are places where it’s somewhat hard to drive — not, ideally, by design, but by happy side effect: you’ve built an environment so popular to enjoy on foot that, gosh darnit, there isn’t enough room left to park all those cars, and you have to drive slowly because of all the jaywalkers.

— From a comment by Matthew Amster-Burton on the City Comforts blog

Bonhoeffer and responsibility

lifetogetherI’m getting inspired by Dietrich Bonhoeffer‘s “Life Together,” and I have yet to get beyond the introduction.

Here are two quotes from the book’s intro that ring true:

“The sin of respectable people reveals itself in flight from responsibility.” — Bonhoeffer’s friend Eberhard Bethge

“For him Christianity could never be merely intellectual theory, doctrine divorced from life, or mystical emotion, but always it must be responsible, obedient action, the discipleship of Christ in every situation of concrete everyday life, personal and private.” — “Life Together” translator John W. Doberstein