Today I stumbled on a fantastic video on YouTube called "How to turn your Neighborhood into a Village".
I found it eye opening how little citizens are, in average, in control of their environment, and how many small and cheap solutions could make life much more enjoyable together.
Instead, we often look for expensive workarounds (listen to the comment about travelling away for the weekend) while neglecting the local environment, but also at high mental health cost for the inhabitants. People are lonely not only because of architecture, but it's hard to think it has no role to play in the story.
This is very refreshing to see new ideas come into urbanism, I can't wait to see more of that applied everywhere.