John and Chris tell me downtown merchants report that delivery trucks are shaving their turns with dire consequences to the street corner lights. Yikes. I guess downtown is getting more and more crowded. I don’t recall hearing about the possibility of these sorts of consequences in any discussion of the wonderfulness of “urban infill.” As a young man I visited Les Halles, the storied produce / meat market once located in the heart of Paris. Not long after I was there, due the noise and impact on the local infrastructure the French – exemplars of all right thinking in the minds of many – moved the market to the outskirts of town. Perhaps they recognized the value of urban “out-fill.”

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