James Chastek says:

Note on city planning

December 2, 2010 at 7:32 am (Uncategorized)
(A corollary to a point that Tocqueville makes somewhere) Europeans designed their cities so that the people could be idle or entertained or dissolute in public squares; Americans design theirs so that the people are supposed to go home and get drunk in front of their fireplaces or televisions.

Definitely some truth in that.