Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Needed: More soccer fields!

  As my plane approached Chicago’s urban Midway Airport this weekend, we flew low over a handful of playgrounds in the moderate-income neighborhoods.  The baseball fields seemed unused, while the football fields had been overlain (though I doubt any land use planners were involved!) with soccer fields, not always in perfect rectangles.  I see this phenomenon all over –- city planners and recreation departments have failed to keep up with the times and provide for an adequate number of soccer fields, which are in heavy demand today.  This example of a changing America might also cause us to rethink land use laws concerning multi-family housing and public transportation needs.  (It might also give the United States, which failed to win this year’s World Baseball Classic, hope for the 2014 soccer World Cup ….) 

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