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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.

Spanish Village Art Center Balboa Park, San Diego | Recent Photos The Commons Getty Collection Galleries World Map App ...

Spanish Village Art Center Balboa Park, San Diego | Recent Photos The Commons Getty Collection Galleries World Map App ...

She is so photogenic...   love working with this girl, nearly every photo was perfect .

She is so photogenic. love working with this girl, nearly every photo was perfect .

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.

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.

A car-free town means elders can remain in their community. Wheeled into the plaza, head in hand, until they meet old friends. Suddenly they brighten, they connect, they are happy.

A car-free town means elders can remain in their community. Wheeled into the plaza, head in hand, until they meet old friends. Suddenly they brighten, they connect, they are happy.

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.

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