use squalid in a sentence.
Cars are unbelievably important unless you're either very wealthy or willing to accept squalid conditions.
And calling a place nicer than a shopping mall is like saying that my squalid, decomposing first apartment was nicer than a prison cell; true, and irrelevant.
I can't see how needing to hop on a bus, train, airplane, or rented car to leave one's city requires extreme wealth or constitutes squalid conditions.
I believe the "human-sized city" proposition is meant to remove the requirement for wealth or squalid conditions from a car-free lifestyle.
The alternative is that some (presumably intelligent) poster on HN stating something completely at odds with the facts, and perhaps even informally suggesting that affirmative action was likely to have caused black people to live in poor, squalid, crime-filled ghettoes.
Due to a mixture of social shifts and demolitions/conversions, though, the remaining ones are generally extremely run down and verging on squalid, so it's not as much an option anymore.
But I think it's important to separate his very valid points from both your preconceptions of him specifically and the squalid state of our patenting system, which I think is not irreparable.
What a squalid petty affair.