David Mowat is really getting at the core of the systemic problem. The way we built in the past is not reflective of the way we need to build in the future. We need to understand the complex inputs that affects our quality of life, in our homes and workplaces and in our communities. Where you live and work, and how you get around are direct influences on your quality of life. Your homes value is also connected to its proximity to amenities, and transit and commuting alternatives.