From the End of Suburbia to The New Urbanism: Is a change coming?
Posted Sep 13 2008 11:53pm
The suburban model as a concept of a living arrangement (seen by most as the American Dream) is in question as to its long term future. Based on a concept that places physical development in gross proportion to the human scale. Simply said, suburban development requires its inhabitants to use a car for everything - to take the kids to school, to go to work, to go shopping and virtually every other activity outside the home.
This is nothing new, but the shortcomings of this living arrangement are starting to show as gas prices skyrocket and no foreseable decrease on the horizon. Fuel prices are now digging into disposable incomes making multiple car trips no longer feasible.
There is hope in the form of a movement that is not new but is getting more attention these days, New Urbanism - this video is about 6 minutes long. Take the time and watch it. I live in tract home in a sprawling suburban neighborhood and I am thinking hard about its future. What are the thoughts out there? Is suburbia a dead concept? Is New Urbanism a viable alternative or a fad? You be the judge, just be sure to share....