Travel teaches you many things, not the least of which is that the world doesn’t have to be ugly.
I first learned this lesson while serving in the U.S. Army in Germany during the 1970s. Heidelberg, where I lived, was clean, compact, and dripping with history. The town center was packed with shops and sidewalk cafes. Missing were cars, which you really didn’t need because you could walk from one end of town to the other in about 20 minutes.