There is a lot I like about my current city, and there are a few things I wish were different. Unfortunately, all American cities have been effected by our reliance on the automobile, and that has had drastic effects on how we build and how we interact with one another.
We can only work towards the life we want (or we could move to Copenhagen).
Let it be granted then that as a rule, workman and employer should make free agreements and in particular should freely agree as to wages; nevertheless, there is a dictate of nature more imperious and more ancient than any bargain between man and man, that the remuneration must be enough to support the wage earner in reasonable and frugal comfort. If through necessity or the fear of a worse evil the workman accepts harder conditions because an employer or contractor will give him no better, he is the victim of force and injustice.
Pope Leo X, in his Encyclical Rerum Novarum.