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    Brecht, citisven, mimi, RiveroftheWest

    The sterility can be a real problem with urban design by numbers. What you call "whimsical" is what Banfield would call "lovable," I think.

    And it takes a lot of unplanned serendipity to make that happen—as you say, street carts, artists, small entrepreneurs.

    Maybe the best we can do as we plan our urban settings is to go with best rational practices and then step back and see what happens when creative people have room to step in and make things happen.

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