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Suburbs Are Cities for Cars

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:18 am    Post subject: Suburbs Are Cities for Cars Reply with quote

I wrote that in a block comment the other day, and it seemed to make sense to me.

Suburbs are cities for cars.

That is, much as "urbists" will disparage the suburbs are being sprawl, what they really are is cities, de-densified based on car technology.

For example, imagine if humans could run 60 mph for up to an hour. How would that affect how business, living and shopping work? My contention is that things would spread out more simply because it's cheaper to spread out.

So the War on Cars as some call it misses the essential point about how this technology or tool augments our walking ability and that is what causes the change in living patterns.

When I leave my apartment, and walk into my car, and drive to the mall, and walk and eat in the food court, I've essentially entered a transport machine. My living room is connected to the food court because of the speed that I can travel to the mall. The auto interconnects these clusters around the suburbs in ways the formerly were limited by walking or one-dimensional transit. The car travels in two dimensions.
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