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My Open Letter to Jeff Bezos You are missing one key element

Dear Jeff you are a guiding star
You think long term and that sets you apart
But you are missing one key element
That is because it is self evident
as plain as noses on our face
the very thing we must replace
You speak and there is built a huge construct
To truck the goods to someone's door
Fine Jeff but there's a hitch
You need to do just one thing more
So listen well and build what is  to come
What is to come communities made up 
of those who wish to be
tolerant and democratic 
helpful and non-idolatrous
Living in spaces new as Kindles Jeff 
and just as well conceived
In areas so cheap to buy that you can spend
investment building car-free space
as city-like as any place
evocative of our best past
Where people walk from place to place
and streets become a child's walk way 
with say 100 public squares
where one can sit down hassle free
and look at all the kiosks there
 Jeff if you have read this this far 
a kiosk is a shopping bar
the future thing beyond most stores
With local experts staffing them
They touch the big screen and bring up
everything that can be bought
They trouble shoot and help each one
They guarantee delivery
One kiosk per category
And see
We have moved beyond egregious strips 
and malls and  and past a world of sprawl
I could go on
this place is integral
it has 10,000 residents
in post apartments
post houses
not cash cows like our present homes
Schools recreation green space all around
There is much more to say it can be found
But have I said enough Jeff 
to make you aware
This missing piece 
yields up a future fair 
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