This paragraph from the article above makes me think how we avoid communities and people since our world is designed that way:
“Since the 1950s, efforts to do away with traffic congestion have inevitably been linked with urban decline. Decades ago, deindustrialization, urban renewal, and freeway construction cleared wide swaths of inner cities in places like Kansas City, Syracuse, and Miami — often targeting African American neighborhoods — and made it easy to drive through them. What made it even easier was the decline in commercial activity that ensued, which left the cities blighted with empty storefronts and office towers. Streets once filled with people interacting with one another were replaced by roads populated by people encased in fast-moving steel boxes. Cities made for speedy driving, it turns out, are cities made for little else.”
So true. Our lives are not built around bumping into others. I remember as a student in Spain, one of the other students said that in the US the roads were built for cars but in Europe they are built for people.
Here is the link again from undark magazine. undark.org. Misguided Obsession with Traffic.