In Defense of Suburbia

In Defense of Suburbia

By Carl Wasmuth in Pflugerville, TX | May 22, 2011 | 0 Comments
  • May 22, 2011.

    For years and years, suburbia and suburban living have been under attack by many of those who promote living in high-density urban environments.

    A spoof apparently directed against those who might further maintain that suburbia offers only a primitive and uncivilized environment for living appeared as a 2001 Onion article entitled “Family of Five Found Alive in Suburbs”.

    Arguments in favor of suburban living that might be welcomed by many living in Pflugerville can be found in the output of some authors such as Joel Kotkin who have an interest in writing about cities. A very recent example of this is “The Dispersionist Manifesto” by Joel Kotkin, Wharton Real Estate Review, May 5, 2011. Registration (which is easy and free) on the Joel Kotkin website may be needed to gain access to the entire article, but registration can then be useful for reading Kotkin articles in the future .

    Some other relevant Kotkin articles that are accessible without registration are

    Urban Legends: Why Suburbs, Not Dense Cities, Are the Future” by Joel Kotkin and Michael Shires, New Geography, August 18, 2010.

    The War Against Suburbia” by Joel Kotkin, The American, January 21, 2010.

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    Suburban Hip Is Where It’s at” by Peter Applebome, The New York Times, June 11, 2011.

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