sHere's a challenge. I live in a densely populated suburb of Boston where you can walk to supermarket and pay 30 to 40% more for food. Problem being, I busted my ankle walking and now I can't get there. Even if I could, I couldn't walk around the supermarket. I have to spend all of my on foot time just getting to and from work and there's no margin for anything else.
My neighbors and I all have the same attitude. We don't want to know anything, here anything, see anything or do anything with any of the people we live near. You can't make us socialize for any amount of money in the world.
Bicycle riding is hazardous because all of these idiots walking in front of me as I ride down the road. At least the vast majority of cars obey traffic laws.
Give me old suburbia like Eastern Massachusetts over "new style" urban living. You have trees, you have wildlife,, it's pleasant cycling and you're not always being pushed to spending your money in some cool restaurant or hip shop.
I think that's what bothers me the most about nouveau urban design. It's not a place to live as much as a way to aggregate consumers and deliver them to retail outlets