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Mixed-use, walkable, economically integrated, and transit-rich places define good urbanism. More often than not, the positive outcomes that result cost less in upfront infrastructure, ongoing maintenance, and the average household cost of living. Cities that persist in low-density development that isolates activities and income groups and has poor transit will heighten economic and social ills as well as emit more carbon.

The developing world needs massive quantities of affordable high-capacity transit. The developed world needs land uses and transit features that are good enough to move people who are rich enough to have a choice out of their cars. How can this change be accomplished? For developing economies, it is an issue of capacity. For China and the developed world, shifting metropolitan forms toward better outcomes is an issue of political will.

“If cities fail and become matrixes of gridlock, poisonous air, economic segregation, and environmental pollution, the planet will follow.”

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