I think this is a tour de force in the quintessentially American genre of self help literature. A mix of down home wisdom and stuff pulled from the classics and the bible. Optimistic and upbeat with a pull yourself by the bootstrap message. All of it written in very plain simple English with plenty of takeaway points at the end of each chapter. And hey there’s a few good ideas in there too! Well worth the read.
There’s a lot of information there, but the basic idea that a city is best designed with the twin principles of democracy and ecology is powerful. Hard to think how it best applies to architects (as opposed to urbanists and landscape architects) but its something to think about.
Couple good quotes
“Form follows the flow of everyday life. Even the form of a radical future follows the flow of everyday life.” p299
“No landscape can be more beautiful than it is just.” p95