The city is the place we move, eat and encounter life. How can we bring life back to cities? These ten quotes can give us some answers…

1. “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” Jane Jacobs

2. “A good city is like a good party – people stay longer than really necessary, because they are enjoying themselves” Jan Gehl

3. “First we shape the cities –then they shape us” Jan Gehl

4. “What defines character of a city is its public space” Joan Clos

5. “You have to design your streets for everyone. The cities that have safe streets, that are easy to get around, are the ones that will grow and thrive in the 21st century,” Janette Sadik-Khan

6. “If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places” Fred Kent

7. “An advanced city is not a place where the poor move about in cars, rather it’s where even the rich use public transportation” Enrique Peñalosa

8. “If you want creativity, take a zero off your budget. If you want sustainability, take off two zeros.” Jaime Lerner

9. “Adding highway lanes to deal with traffic congestion is like loosening your belt to cure obesity.” Lewis Mumford

10. “Cities were created to bring things together” Jeff Speck

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