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A Stronger America Needs ‘Strong Towns’ First | The American Conservative
"Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity, Charles Marohn, Wiley, 256 pages"
book  review  rural  suburbia  urban  design  infrastructure 
18 days ago by tsuomela
‘Suburban’ is not the same as ‘theologically conservative’
The suburbanization of American Christianity has had a huge impact on institutional and denominational structures. Automobile-shaped development has produced an automobile-shaped ecclesiology. The car has abolished the possibility of the parish. And that, in turn, has helped to redefine “neighbor” as a matter of preference more than of proximity — as optional rather than obligatory. That redefinition is rather significant, since “Who is my neighbor?” is kind of an important question for Christians. Annotated link
religion  geography  suburbia  automobile  transportation  design  architecture  belief  evangelical  conservative 
july 2012 by tsuomela
How Suburban Sprawl Works Like a Ponzi Scheme - Jobs
Indeed, my friend Charles Marohn and his colleagues at the Minnesota-based nonprofit Strong Towns have made a very compelling case that suburban sprawl is basically a Ponzi scheme, in which municipalities expand infrastructure hoping to attract new taxpayers that can pay off the mounting costs associated with the last infrastructure expansion, over and over. Especially as maintenance costs increase, there is never enough to pay the bill, because we are building in such expensive, inefficient ways.
urban  urbanism  design  architecture  infrastructure  government  local  municipal  economics  development  suburbia 
october 2011 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Small cities
"A recent post on the suburbs closed with the observation that there is an important "other" social space in the United States beyond the categories of urban, rural, and suburban. These are the small cities throughout the United States where a significant number of people come to maturity and develop their families and careers. I speculated that perhaps there is a distinctive sociology associated with these lesser urban places. Here I will look into this question a bit more fully."
suburbia  urban  design  architecture  population  demography  sociology  experience  metropolitan-area 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Pocket Neighborhoods • Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World
"Pocket neighborhoods are clustered groups of neighboring houses or apartments gathered around some sort of shared open space — a garden courtyard, a pedestrian street, a series of joined backyards, or a reclaimed alley — all of which have a clear sense of territory and shared stewardship. They can be in urban, suburban or rural areas."
design  architecture  urban  urbanism  suburbia  community  commons  scale  small-is-beautiful 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Charting the Wild Winds of Change in 2011 | The Nation
"At its best, revolution is an urban phenomenon. Suburbia is counterrevolutionary by design. For revolution, you need to converge, to live in public, to become the public, and that’s a geographical as well as a political phenomenon. The history of revolution is the history of great public spaces: the Place de la Concorde during the French Revolution
revolution  rebellion  change  politics  middle-east  urbanism  public-space  suburbia 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Next American City » Columns » As Suburban Poverty Grows, U.S. Fails to Respond Adequately
Over the last ten years, more than two-thirds of poverty growth in the nation’s metro areas occurred in the suburbs, and there are now 1.6 million more poor people living in the suburbs than in center cities. Since 2000, there has been a general increase in the nation’s poverty rate, but it has been far worse in the suburbs than in the cities—a 37.4% increase versus 16.7%. Though the poverty rate remains higher in central cities, the number of poor suburbanites is growing quickly.
poverty  suburbia 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Dissent Magazine - Arguing The World - Deregulation and Your Front Lawn -
What makes lawn mowing rules different from the regulations that Republicans detest? It is their purpose, which is not to curb inequality but to put it on display. The lawn, more than a century ago, was already identified by Thorstein Veblen as an example of conspicuous consumption—intentional waste for the purpose of demonstrating one’s high status. Lawns, Veblen pointed out, are imitations of pastures, but to avoid “the vulgar suggestion of thrift, which is nearly inseparable from the cow” the grass cannot be kept short by grazing animals; it must be mowed by human beings.
politics  republicans  thrift  wealth  signals  regulation  suburbia 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Nimble Cities: Can eliminating parking spots make cities more efficient? - By Tom Vanderbilt - Slate Magazine
Unless you are involved in transportation, local government, or real estate, the words "minimum parking requirements" may be unfamiliar to you. And yet their influence is all around you. Parking minimums are municipal provisions that require developers building a new project—whether commercial or residential—to also construct a minimum number of new parking spaces, often without regard to the presence of nearby transit options or even actual need.
cities  urban  urbanism  traffic  design  parking  architecture  suburbia  law  code  regulation 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Here Comes the Neighborhood - Magazine - The Atlantic
Conventional suburbs are overbuilt and out of favor. In cities and suburbs alike, walkable neighborhoods linked by train are the future. Here’s how a new network of privately funded rail lines can make that future come to pass more quickly and cheaply—and help reinvigorate housing and the economy.
urban  urbanism  design  development  housing  suburbia  space  transportation  transit 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Worldchanging: Bright Green: Smarter Planet, the Swap and the Surrealism of Now
So we live suspended in a surreal now, where the vast majority of media coverage is focused on the (irrelevant) Swap, our political systems are rusted into position (trying to keep cars, coal and cul-de-sacs going as long as possible) and yet the exploration of bright green cities has never been more exciting or the people exploring them more energized.
environment  activism  suburbia  change  habit  green  energy  lifestyle  cities  culture  politics 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Housing bust exposes the cost of unplanned growth | Minnesota Public Radio NewsQ
News story on population growth and infrastructure in Baldwin township, Sherburne county.
development  suburbia  exurbs  democracy  minnesota 
march 2010 by tsuomela
The 10 Percent Solution to Urban Growth |
The way to do this is to adopt the “10 percent solution”. That is, for most cities, they should develop a strategy that tries to capture somewhere between 5 and 15 percent of the net new growth in their metro areas. If a city can get more, great. But for any growing region, even 10 percent would create a dynamic of massive change in the urban core.
urbanism  urban  city  design  demography  suburbia 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Matthew Yglesias » Libertarianism in Suburbia
The point is not about whether policy favors “suburbs” or “cities” but about the fact that the actually existing built environment in the United States—and especially those aspects of it constructed over the past thirty years—overwhelmingly reflect the influence of central planning.
suburbia  urban  design  government  regulation  libertarian 
september 2009 by tsuomela
home - Ross Racine
pseudo-suburban landscapes drawn by hand in photoshop
art  design  landscape  artist  drawing  maps  aerial  suburbia  urban 
september 2009 by tsuomela
A Small-town or Metro Nation? - Brookings Institution
But the idea that we are a nation of small towns is fundamentally incorrect. The real America isn't found in cities or suburbs or small towns, but in the metropolitan areas or "metros" that bring all these places into economic and social union
geography  america  metropolitan-area  city  urbanism  suburbia  economics 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Rise of Megaregions | The American Prospect
The promoters of megaregions and modern rail systems seem to have a winning formula, one that offers a fresh conceptualization of the spatial workings of economic growth and is glamorous and high-tech (not to mention, green). To say the least, this formula is politically convenient, given how well it responds to concerns -- magnified by the recession -- about America's economic future.

The time has come for a closer look.
rail  transportation  development  economics  urban  suburbia  history  politics  skepticism  geography 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Sprawl, Spatial Location, and Politics: How Ideological Identification Tracks the Built Environment -- Williamson, 10.1177/1532673X08318589 -- American Politics Research
This study explores how spatial characteristics commonly associated with suburban sprawl (including density, reliance on the automobile, neighborhood age, and commuting patterns) help predict voting patterns and individual ideological orientation.
research  urban  development  suburbia  politics  political-science  ideology  geography 
november 2008 by tsuomela
Congressional Quarterly: Suburbs
Article on changing politics in suburbia.
politics  maps  geography  suburbia 
june 2005 by tsuomela

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