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THE IDEAL CITY4

So there is an “infrastructure”. What now? How, people might ask, do we get from one place to the next? There may be roads, but what about buses? They need garbage collection and a place to dispose of it. They need to have clean water running in the pipes. They need places to buy bread and clothing. They need such services in order to live healthily and keep the city healthy.
As the city grows, its organization becomes more complex (and, of course, more expensive). The needs and demands of citizens change. Many arrive from remote areas or other countries and are not sure what to expect. What they find is not always what they had dreamt. To be healthy, a city must also be just. To be healthy, according to the criteria suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO), a city must meet the BASIC needs of ALL its inhabitants.
  1. In the final column of your “Planning Table” list all the services needed by citizens in order to lead a good life in the city (call this column “services”). There are some mentioned in Units 3 and 4. Can you come up with more? Think of your own life and all the different things you do during the week and on weekends.

  2. Now that you have all the services listed, go through them and discuss which ones are essential—the BASIC NEEDS without which it would be impossible to live a healthy life. Place a check beside each one of those services you think is essential.

  3. As with the last activity, compare this column to the first three, “positive”, “negative” and “improvements”. Are there any items in this last column that you did not mention in the first three? If so, discuss in which column the item would fit and place it there as well.

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