A '''thrivable city''' means a city which is not only [[sustainable]], which has:
* A minimal negative environmental impact, or even a positive impact.
* A high quality of life, peaceful, lush and pleasant, with an active community.
[[Thrivability]] is a new word, used to capture this idea of
[[sustainability ]] and positive impact not through sacrifice, but at the same time as living larger, more [[abundant]]ly.
How do we achieve this, a sustainable city with a wonderful quality of life?
* [[Transit-oriented development]] with an efficient, comfortable [[public transport]] system.
* [[Cycle and walking paths]].
* [[High density housing]] at transport nodes, surrounded by [[medium density]], all in a [[mixed-use]] pattern. This minimizes [[travel distance]] and time, reducing [[energy]] use, increasing the number of trips for social reasons, and thus increasing [[social capital]].
* [[Public open space]].
* A near-natural [[water cycle]], with [[rainwater harvesting]], and [[groundwater recharge]] through [[gardens]], [[swales]], [[rain gardens]] and [[permeable pavements]] to mimic the natural ability of undeveloped land to absorb rain and runoff.