American suburbia on the wane?

July 13, 2008

A two-part series in the Telegraph magazine reviews the crisis in some US suburbs, with Great Depression like homelessness and entire neighbourhoods being deserted. It is important to note that the blame for the rapid growth of suburbia is placed on “planning laws, designed to eliminate urban overcrowding, that made it illegal to build mixed-use projects of high density – the characteristic of an old-fashioned Main Street – and dictated that development should instead spread ever outwards.”


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