Out with cars and concrete buildings and in with public spaces and Victorian houses - that's what researchers at Yahoo Labs would have us believe when it comes to navigating a city.
Based on the premise of how much we miss by taking the direct A to B route, the researchers want to improve digital maps by drawing together information on the fixtures and fittings of a city that make walkers feel good as they amble along.
It's not about massive detours, as the main image hopefully shows, but about how much more could be experienced by taking a slightly different route.
The goal is a mapping application that presents the most enjoyable routes taking into account not only what looks appealing but also sounds, smells and even the memories people attach to a place.
In the following Ted Talk, researcher Daniele Quercia explains more:
Further information about the research is available from Yahoo Labs here and here.