This animated sketch shows what I believe to be the irreducible & essence of "city-ness." The relationship between street and building and parking lot determines our feelings about a place. All else is refinement and epilogue.
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(If anyone has photos which would illustrate these two conditions -- and I ask not because I can't find some good ones literally a block from my own office but because it would be nice to see what others see -- I will happily send a copy of City Comforts for each and any photo I use. Please contact me at david-at-citycomforts.com)
UPDATE: John Massengale's comments are good ones. My goal in creating this sketch -- and btw where are the photos? two books for each photo?:) -- was to have an easily-understood tool to set forth the basic pitch. So I am all ears for suggestions on how to get across the idea. The Three Rules set it forth in words and the accompanying sketches on the back cover of City Comforts do it fairly well. But I thought it would be fun to use the web's capabilities -- principally the morphing power -- to show the profound transformative (or destructive) power of such a simple thing as where to put the parking. I still think it's a good idea, notwithstanding John's points. (His comment about a German rule is intriguing and is definitely something I'd like to see.)