Citizens can begin by understanding how much their environment affects—or, in fact, generates—their quality of life. Once this relationship is recognized, it become obvious how we can best serve our own needs by improving our physical surroundings. In an increasingly diverse nation, in which our social, intellectual. and spiritual realities can be as varied as our genealogy, the physical world is the one thing that we truly share. All the more important, then that we work on it together. Indeed, concern over one’s surroundings has the potential to create community among the most diverse populations.
Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck