As the city becomes more complex individuals, organizations, and community systems interconnect and interplay. Life and death and the health of the city are very much reflected in healthy alignment of the many systems that make up the whole city system (or holarchy).
These different scales of city systems co-exist at different stages of their life cycles – new teams are in formative stages like babies, other associations are shifting into their youth, some organizations act like mature adults and yet other sectors carry the weight of elders. We are all members of these many systems simultaneously. Our city feels alive and thriving when we can learn in constructive ways across the generational lifescapes.
The quality of life in the micro (individual) reflects the quality of life at the meso (teams and organizations) and the macro (communities and city) and vice versa. All these whole systems (holons and social holons) must be in service to both self and others and place. That is the essence of a healthy life in a healthy living city.