Slowness and simplicity are popular themes at the moment, for good reason in my view.
I would love to see the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety's recommendation on 20mph speed limits for towns implemented. It would have so many benefits in terms of improving road safety, noise levels from traffic and the very nature of our towns and cities. Roads can feel so hostile when cars and vans are zooming by. It's just not pleasant… which is why I enjoy seeing how cobbled streets slow everyone down to a lovely bumpy pace.
For a good, personal, introduction to the Slow movement (Slow Food, Slow Towns, Slow Sex, Slow everything!) then I can recommend Carl Honore’s book and website “In Praise of Slow”