“In a sunny place, water tends to be the main constraint to growth. Add water and anything—people, alfalfa, nine-hole golf courses, swimming pools—can proliferate endlessly. According to the logic of half a century ago, when the word ecosystem was just coming into the common parlance, water in a wet place does humans no good. Water in a dry place? Well, that’s Los Angeles. That’s the fields of the San Joaquin Valley. That’s the Inland Empire.”
The Social Life of Small Places - The Street Corner
An oldie but a goodie: why are some plazas and street corners more successful than others? With his witty and blunt observations, William Whyte narrates this film on the design of public spaces and how city dwellers interact within it.