betacity


sprawling and spiraling
July 19, 2010, 10:08 pm
Filed under: Cities, density, Suburbs

There is a relationship between what we believe and want, and policy and city forms.  From the Geography of Nowhere:

You might say the overall consequence is that we have lost our sense of consequence.  Living in places where nothing is connected properly, we have forgotten that connections are important.  To a certain degree, we have forgotten how to think. There is a direct connection between suburban sprawl and the spiraling cost of government, and most Americans don’t see it yet, including many in government.  Likewise, there is a connection between disregard for the public realm — for public life in general — and the breakdown of public safety.

— J. H. Kunstler, The Geography of Nowhere, p.246

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