What Makes Europe Greener than the U.S. – 360 Environment blog

Though this was an excellent anecdotal post on the relationship between civic space and behavior (above are pictures of the beautiful city of Stockholm, as referenced in the article, juxtaposed against Houston, a generic sunbelt US downtown). The author posits that the abundance of public spaces and public infrastructure (beyond the freeway) in Europe creates a far more choices and indeed a compelling case to act in the collective interest on environmental choices.  The hypothesis here, and one I firmly believe, is that built form is important, and a key determinant of culture, in the broadest sense (from the aesthetic to the social/environmental and even intellectual).  That is why the process to determine what we build, and the tools we have to do is so important!

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