Life is a collection of choices.
You’ve made a choice when you got out of bed today. You could’ve bellyflopped back onto the covers. Or hopped on a plane to Hawaii.
In fact, when you opened your eyes, you could’ve closed them again, and started humming the omm.
When we think of happiness and success, we never relate it to the city we live in.
Really, happiness and success partly stem from your home’s location. And what you make of it.
Your home and city should support your life. Please don’t live in traffic and plan long commutes everyday; the stress of traffic triples your risk for a heart attack. Would you rather die for traffic, or live for a meaningful idea?
Jan Gehl says a good city is designed for people, not cars. Cities are living, breathing entities, because its people are alive. People with similar talents tend to gather in a few places, and the strongest cities are able to support and share this talent somehow.
Vancouver is a good city for people to thrive in. Other cities are still trying to catch onto Vancouverism. People are happier and more likely to succeed here, according to urban journalist Charles Montgomery. (Lululemon, Amazon, Starbucks, you name it. It’s the same knowledge economy.)
Now that I notice everyone lusting after Vancouver like I do London, I realize how Vancouver could be the best city in North America.
Most people don’t know that Vancouver almost became another New York. In the 1960s, they wanted to build a massive highway system in the downtown area. The proposal was vetoed by the citizens, last minute. So they moved on.
The highway proposal.
Instead of making people drive to work through highways, why not plop people right beside their workplaces?
A new concept of urban landscape was quickly born: the downtown population doubled, while the vehicle traffic was cut down by half. Ever wonder why Seattle and Portland kind of look like Vancouver?
Everyone mistakes this