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In Greece, elders are welcome to sit at a table in the taverna for hours.

In Greece, elders are welcome to sit at a table in the taverna for hours.

The central fountain in this Italian car-free plaza provides a gathering place for the elders who enjoy social connection. It works because the place to sit is there and is central.

The central fountain in this Italian car-free plaza provides a gathering place for the elders who enjoy social connection. It works because the place to sit is there and is central.

A car-free town in Italy. It is a tradition that at 4 p.m. everyone comes out on the streets and walks. People connect. In this one, the baby is locked on the face of the woman talking. This is how babies learn, by observing adults. Three generations together. Why, because the elder lady does not need to drive in a car-free town.

A car-free town in Italy. It is a tradition that at 4 p.m. everyone comes out on the streets and walks. People connect. In this one, the baby is locked on the face of the woman talking. This is how babies learn, by observing adults. Three generations together. Why, because the elder lady does not need to drive in a car-free town.

Car-free streets bring out the buskers... not beggars, but creative artists who add colour and life to the town.

Car-free streets bring out the buskers. not beggars, but creative artists who add colour and life to the town.

How will you get around when you stop driving? What a sad way for government to address elders. How about building car-free towns so no one notices when you stop driving?

What a sad way for government to address elders. How about building car-free towns so no one notices when you stop driving?

Benches on the village plaza are important. In summer, have them shaded. In winter have them in an alcove that is sunny but sheltered from the wind.

Benches on the village plaza are important. In summer, have them shaded. In winter have them in an alcove that is sunny but sheltered from the wind.

Communities need their artists. They add richness, they inspire, they shock, they give us the mirror to see who we really are. In elder days artists were honoured and supported by their communities. Today, artists must wait tables, drive taxis and struggle to get by. Imagine a community that build artist guild halls as part of the infrastructure... workspace for 25 artists of a particular discipline. One guild per village in a VillageTown of 10-20 villages.

Communities need their artists. They add richness, they inspire, they shock, they give us the mirror to see who we really are. In elder days artists were honoured and supported by their communities. Today, artists must wait tables, drive taxis and struggle to get by. Imagine a community that build artist guild halls as part of the infrastructure... workspace for 25 artists of a particular discipline. One guild per village in a VillageTown of 10-20 villages.

The final years of life can be hard. But they are made easier if one can remain in ones community, near loved ones.

The final years of life can be hard. But they are made easier if one can remain in ones community, near loved ones.

Soller in Mallorca, Spain did something brilliant for their children. Right in the middle of the plaza, right next to the cafe tables, they built a flat, smooth play area for the kids. Balls, skateboards, roller-blades or just fun. Parents sit on the walls and chat with friends or enjoy a leisurely coffee while keeping an eye on the kids. So different than the isolated playground where dutiful parents stand with arms crossed, doing duty while the children play. Definitely a must-build…

Soller in Mallorca, Spain did something brilliant for their children. Right in the middle of the plaza, right next to the cafe tables, they built a flat, smooth play area for the kids. Balls, skateboards, roller-blades or just fun. Parents sit on the walls and chat with friends or enjoy a leisurely coffee while keeping an eye on the kids. So different than the isolated playground where dutiful parents stand with arms crossed, doing duty while the children play. Definitely a must-build…

The outdoor standing cafe table is a wonderful design.

The outdoor standing cafe table is a wonderful design.

One grass hill, a recycle bin of nearby cardboard, add children. When older, provide space for children to connect... on foot or bike, not driving. Provide opportunity for the elders to connect with the young and pass on their knowledge. And ensure they have entry-level jobs to become participating, productive members of society.

One grass hill, a recycle bin of nearby cardboard, add children. When older, provide space for children to connect... on foot or bike, not driving. Provide opportunity for the elders to connect with the young and pass on their knowledge. And ensure they have entry-level jobs to become participating, productive members of society.

When streets are pedestrian, people come out. They use them. The streets become alive.

When streets are pedestrian, people come out. The streets become alive.

More outdoor furniture - in this case, where the old men gather in the warm evening.

More outdoor furniture - in this case, where the old men gather in the warm evening.

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