Densely built cities and towns use space in wonderful ways. I think that is a great part of their appeal: the exhibition of the human mind at work in ordering living arrangements. And nothing is perhaps as appealing as the neighborhood market. These places draw us with inviting with colors and scents, offering to satisfy the basic human need of sustenance. No “progressive” design needed, just order and the goods.
These stores also remind us that we can live well without overwhelming choice. It may be that we are hardwired to hoard and consume. But as with every other animalistic impulse, we can control it and live well – perhaps even better.