More on the ‘burbs

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Regular readers know I’m not exactly a big fan of the suburbs.

My chief complaint is that the lack of density pretty much guarantees that municipalities will not be able to fund upkeep of the infrastructure, because there are too few people / businesses per mile of road / sewer pipe / water pipe / etc.

(Because of our insane zoning in LA, where it’s incredibly hard to build densely and you need to provide unbelievable amounts of parking, we experience similar problems – just check out the potholes in the roads you drive on every day.)

Today, I stumbled across strongtowns.org, an interesting website that’s trying to help suburban towns make smarter choices about development.

Thought you might appreciate watching a TED talk from the founder of the site:

 

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