It’s not the suburbs, it’s mid-late 20th century urban design, planning, engineering, and architecture

David Levinson, Transportist

Cross-posted from streets.mn It’s not the suburbs, it’s mid-late 20th century urban design, planning, engineering, and architecture:

It’s not the suburbs, it’s mid-late 20th century urban design, planning, engineering, and architecture

American urbanists like to criticize “the suburbs”, but this isn’t really fair. The suburbs are just a place, like South Dakota, or Australia, or Antarctica. They cannot change where they are.

Some of this is a criticism of “suburbanites”. But so long as there is housing in the suburbs, and transportation to enable people to move, someone will live in the suburbs, at a higher or lower rent depending on people’s relative preferences for space or travel time.

Some of this is a criticism of suburban politics. But this comes with self-selection, people want to live with people with similar preferences. The alternative is…

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