Friday, October 15, 2010

The Worst Things About Sprawl

 This-Light-Never-Turns-GreenJeff Speck, co-author of the seminal Suburban Nation (along with Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater- 
Zyberk), puts togehter a slide show about the worst consequences of sprawl.  From the author:

[S]prawl has quietly been identified as a central cause behind a growing list of mounting national crises including foreign oil dependency, climate change, and the obesity epidemic. With economists, environmentalists, and epidemiologists all bemoaning suburbia, it is a good time to step back and remind ourselves what we're still up against.

Steve Clowney

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The snark gets in the way of the comments on a couple of those slides. Slide 5 shows a pole in the middle of the sidewalk - these are common sources of ADA complaints against municipalities these days and based on my days in NYC, cities aren't much better at avoiding light poles in the middle of sidewalks. Slide 8 claims you can see the curve of the earth due to asphaltification -- the curve visible from curb to curb is more likely due to road drainage requirements.

Posted by: Jody King | Oct 15, 2010 2:44:44 PM

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