18 August 2008

The Freakonomics future of suburbia

The NY Times' Freakonomics crew asked several different notable individuals about the future of Suburbia. While a few of the responses are a bit unrestrained, the mosaic that these diverse opinions form is still one that demonstrates that:
  1. this landscape-type is probably not nearly as stable is it looks when we drive through it; and,
  2. the future of this landscape is not well understood.
While oil, energy and environmental issues come up as likely drivers for change in this dynamic landscape, there is potential for a wide variety of unknown factors to pop-up as well. Just as interesting is the nearly endless set of responses that readers have posted.

So what is the future of the suburban landscape? I encourage our regular readers (and, especially, my 331 students for the fall) to read and respond to this.

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