A Not So Suburban Suburbia: Possibilities for Our Urban Future

  • metta

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    Jun 06, 2011 8:38 PM GMT



    A Not So Suburban Suburbia: Possibilities for Our Urban Future




    http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/06/03/a-not-so-suburban-suburbia-possibilities-for-our-urban-future/


    Since 2000 2/3 of homes in suburbia do not have children in it. Estimates show that this will grow to 75%

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    Jun 06, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    this was really cool...i love the stories she shared and like how she is advocating for urbanization of selected suburban locations to save $, improve economy, and lower waste and pollution.

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    Jun 06, 2011 11:12 PM GMT
    +100

    I'm all for this sort of thing. Now if we could only get on the stick with autopiloted cars, if not better or more efficient mass transit in between walkable hubs like these...

    I blame Eisenhower... and the Big Three automakers.

    I'd wish a pox upon the lot of them, but Ike was largely a good man, and the Big Three are practically ready to be tilted into their graves.
  • pandx970

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    Feb 13, 2013 8:00 AM GMT
    Many of the more interesting urban projects are shaping up to deal with this lack of sense of place and furthermore retrofitting places built with the 1960s freeway and highways framework in mind.

    If you want to see what the latest architect-developer-planners are working on for the suburbs some of the better examples are found in Denver:

    Belmar in Lakewood

    I think Urban Design has had a good influence on what Urban Planning should be doing -- that is re-focusing on the best management of land uses & associated issues with an idea to what good urban design should be.

    http://www.rsa.cc/index.html

    This guy came and spoke about complete streets & living streets: returning the social and commercial aspects to streets. And advocating to limit the use of streets as conduits for traffic. :-)

    If this type of conversation can be engaged in in ORANGE COUNTY, I think that this is promising for suburban futures.