deconstructing the megalopolis

the megalopolis should be decomposed into neighborhoods separated by green belts, allowing neighbors to develop a sense of place so they can focus inwardly on relation-ships between each other. each neighborhood should have a central park with par course, swimming pool, hoops and playground, surrounded by all the public requirements: elementary school and day care, library and post office, emergency medical care and clinic, fire and police stations, shopping center with movies and sidewalk restaurants, a communal garden and place of worship, and a transit station to other neighborhoods. autos would not be allowed, only roller skates, bicycles, skateboards, segways, motor scooters and golf carts. all homes should be within walking distance of the central park. to accomplish this, they would be built two and three stories high, densely and compactly, with older people living in first floors near the park. trees, bushes, lawns and flowers should line the pathways. transit cars would whisk the locals to work and to other places of greater gathering and to places where they could rent hyper-s.u.v.s, fully equipped for ranging, oh say, the desert.

the neighborhoods would be around three thousand souls.

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