Chunk Banas over at The Urbanophile regarding US sprawl & the rapid suburbanization of the country:
Today, the resulting problems are vast, intimidating, and painfully obvious. Yet it’s hard for most Americans to discern the problem, let alone see a way out of the woods. This is not only because we’ve got so much of our collective wealth tied-up in this system, but because suburban sprawl has become so culturally identified with the postwar “American Dream.” Indicting the system that produces sprawl is often seen an indictment of our very way of life.
And dissing the American Way is blasphemy, brother.
My fiance and I are steadfastly urban people. I’m from the area and I’ve lived in downtown for the past 10 years and she’s from a densely populated city in Brazil. We have no intention of moving to the suburbs when we get married and have kids. A point-of-view that we have to constantly defend from attacks regarding crime, schools, housing prices and taxes. All that despite that fact that using most statistics available, crime is getting far worse in the suburbs, schools are failing everywhere and housing prices have depressed so far that people can’t afford to heat their McMansions anymore. Whenever we ( briefly ) are in the suburbs, we joke that most look like ghost towns now a days.
There are far more opportunities living in a city for things like culture, sustainable living and healthy activities. Incidentally, these are all things that dovetail right into my minimal lifestyle. Frankly, city living is a win-win for us.