S y m p o s i u m : Uns o c ia l T ho u g ht , Unc o m mo n L i v e s, Pa r t 3 Simon Richards I have often said that the sole cause of manâs unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room. âââPascal, PensÃ©es The greater part of our ills are our own making, and . . . we might have avoided them nearly all by adhering to that simple, uniform, and solitary manner of life which nature prescribed. âââRousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality Thus they keep their distractions on the go to avoid having to face themselves. âââLeâCorbusier, The Decorative Art of Today Why is socializing in cities taken to be a good thing? Why do we assume it is beneficial for people to experience urban variety, opportunity, and intrigue? These are not questions normally asked, and it feels perverse to frame them as questions. Still, we have not always been so sure about socializing in cities. We 13:1 DOI 10.1215/0961754X-2006-029 Â© 2007 by Duke University Press Figure 1. Le Corbusierâs Plan Voisin (1925) for central
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