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The “End” of Suburbia Debate in the NYTimes

Suburban Sprawl outside Phoenix, AZ. Via Wikimedia/Creative Commons.

Suburban Sprawl outside Phoenix, AZ. Via Wikimedia/Creative Commons.

There was an article in the New York Times last week covering the current debate over the direction suburban sprawl is taking: Is Suburban Sprawl on its Way Back?

It features several statistics that could probably be taken with a grain of salt (e.g. the conversion of farmland has dipped to 800,000 acres per year between 2002-2007, 2/3 of the amount 10 years before).

But the crux of the question that the statistics and experts are getting at is: is there a cultural trend (not just a debatable economic trend) away from suburban living? Corollary: is the American dream changing to include urban environments?

I haven’t yet read Leigh Gallagher’s new book on the subject, The End of the Suburbs, but hopefully it will shed some more light on these questions.

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