Sunday, July 31, 2011

Benefit of the community over the individual

This piece called "The Dutch Way: Bicycles and Fresh Bread" from the New York Times by Russell Shorto resonates with my experiences and thoughts regarding community planning in Madrid versus here in America. We need to reduce our dependence on fast food and cars, and appreciate the simple things in life, like fresh food and exercise.

Best quote:

"This in turn relates to lots of other things — such as bread. How? Cyclists can’t carry six bags of groceries; bulk buying is almost nonexistent. Instead of shopping for a week, people stop at the market daily. So the need for processed loaves that will last for days is gone. A result: good bread."

(Just replace cyclists with pedestrians in Madrid, and you get the same idea).

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