Combining the subprime mortgage crisis, surveys indicating that only 1/3 of suburbanites are content with their living arrangement and current examples of degeneration in the ‘burbs, theAtlantic.com asks if the suburbs are indeed The Next Slum? (HT: Erika)
It’s a fairly well-written article which shies away from apocaylptic utterances, but I found that it was, in the end, a bit too optimistic about the future of the ‘burbs. The following quote reveals some apt thinking that is sadly missing in most discussions about the suburbs vs. the city:
Despite this glum forecast for many swaths of suburbia, we should not lose sight of the bigger picture—the shift that’s under way toward walkable urban living is a healthy development. In the most literal sense, it may lead to better personal health and a slimmer population. The environment, of course, will also benefit: if New York City were its own state, it would be the most energy-efficient state in the union; most Manhattanites not only walk or take public transit to get around, they unintentionally share heat with their upstairs neighbors.
It’s a bit of a long article, but good.