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Jan Gehl knows how to make cities work for pedestrians. London is his latest target

By Ken Worpole   December 2004

The amazing professor is telling his Edinburgh audience a joke at the expense of “predict and provide” traffic managers around the world. It concerns a man living in a small town in midwest America who finds a skunk in his basement one morning. He asks a neighbour for advice on how to get rid of it. “Easy: lay a trail of breadcrumbs from the basement back out into the woods.” The following morning he has two skunks in his home.

Jan Gehl, professor of architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, is today’s global superstar of urban planning.…

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