noted that there is only one small bakery for the entire population. How can they become French without bread??? Many other small businesses have gone bankrupt as well.
wanted to design a "children's city," where a strong community would as much as possible make up for broken families and overwhelmed or absent parents. Most of the apartments have two to four bedrooms, to encourage families. The plan virtually excludes automobiles and limits their speed with winding roads, to protect children playing. The labyrinthine layout, with many hidden parks and surprising places, was designed to encourage children to explore. Aillaud had the notion that the best size for a playgroup was between 3 and 8 -- "more than the Fates and less than the Muses" -- and the size of communal blocks was designed to achieve such groups of children as much as possible. He also thought that sadness was as important for the development of children as happiness, and wanted some of the spaces to promote
à une certaine maturité affective par des cheminements concertés de solitudes et de surprises, par une série de “lieux” ayant une puissance occulte. - Faire une cité apte à la mélancolie;Which I would translate as
a sort of maturity created by pathways formed from solitude and surprises, by a series of places with hidden power. To make a city adapted for melancholy.And I in no way want to mock that; I love the notion of a town built so that children will delight in exploring it.