“Trudging through filthy streets, seeing overcrowded living conditions, and coughing through motorbike exhaust plumes during the past three months has given me more empathy for suburban die-hards who dream of big, air-conditioned houses with attached garages and backyards. Not all cities—and especially not every part of every city—are great. It would be idealist to think otherwise. But it is not idealist or unrealistic to think that cities can prioritize active transportation, the human-scale, and public space. Because those—the places where families, disabled people, the elderly, teenagers, cyclists, broke college grads, and pets can reign—are the pockets of cities that I love.” From our latest article, and the conclusion of the Southeast Asia leg of our journey. Link in bio.