Having traveled in Europe and in South America what I envy most from both of these locales is their cultures ability to relax, contemplate and simply to take the time to enjoy their life. I look at these pictures that I took in Buenos Aires (the most european of south american countries) and wonder if this is inspired by their cities use of public space. Could it be that devoting a larger amount of space to public parks use actually helps a culture slow down and to culturally mature? I think so. These spaces were always teeming with people both young and old; an interaction we rarely see here in the US. So, let us all take note: relax, encourage our public officials to plant trees now and to set aside space within the sprawl so we all have a place to cool off, interact and think.