Best City: Pre-reading
a) In your opinion, which qualities or “features” would a city need to have to deserve the title “The City for People” or “Best City in the world”?
Write your list on Notepad (Win) or TextEdit (Mac) or a similar text tool. If you are doing this with a friend or colleague, you can make two lists and compare them. Have you listed the qualities?
|No or minimal traffic,
good public transportation
shops nearby (not outside the city)
parks for recreation
good and affordable housing
public spaces where people can meet
playgrounds for children
cafés and restaurants
good schools and kindergartens
|low crime rate
free public transport
tolerance and respect
plenty of parking spaces
Before watching: The video is 15 minutes long and it is normal spoken English (not made for learners of English). Look at the task below. In order to do this task, will you need to listen in detail and understand everything?
- What is your first impression of Curitiba after watching the video? Would you like to visit this city? Would you want to live in such a city?
- Do you find it surprising that such a model sustainable city is located in a so-called developing country like Brazil? Why?/Why not?