In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, there was a piece by Talking Heads’ frontman (and visual artist) David Byrne on his vision of a perfect city. I think that he has an interesting perspective.
Most significantly, at least in my mind, he notes that a “liveable city” means different things for different people. It’s all about your priorities: access to freeways or access to wi-fi.
His evaluation system uses the following categories: size, density, sensibility and attitude, security, chaos and danger, human scale, parking, boulevards, mixed-use, and public spaces. I don’t agree with everything he says, I certainly value parking more than he does, but he definitely raises some interesting ideas.
One of his thoughts was extremely appealing to me, “In my perfect city there would always be something going on nearby.” However, I’ll admit, from 1977 to 1987, one of my priorities was the Talking Heads.