Freakonomics: Future of Suburbia?

Freakonomics Blog

This is from a New York Times Blog written by the authors of Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything.  They asked the question:

What will U.S. suburbs look like in 40 years?

And boy, did they get some answers from some big academics from across the US.

The first one is from James Kuntsler who seems to give an “apocolyptic” and “dystopian” vision of the suburbs.  His view is probably one of the most extreme.  This isn’t the first time of come across Kunstler.  He was also a speaker at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), which is a annual conference which brings together people from those 3 words and beyond.  He is quite an engaging speaker, even if you don’t agree with his view.  I love how he describes the blank face of a brick building. Basically, he feels whoever planned that blank wall said “F*** it” and left the wall as it is.  You can see the entire lecture from 2004 on the TED: Power of Cities section.

I have never heard of the other people, but their responses are definitely informative and fascinating.  Read for yourself and see what matches with your vision of suburbia in 40 years.


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