Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I T Y S #1

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/06/24/business/exurbs.php


Some proclaim the unfolding demise of suburbia.
"Many low-density suburbs and McMansion subdivisions, including some that are lovely and affluent today, may become what inner cities became in the 1960s and '70s - slums characterized by poverty, crime and decay," said Christopher Leinberger, an urban land use expert, in a recent essay in the Atlantic Monthly.



Thanks Madame Z.... Scary as shit.

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200803/subprime/3

4 Comments:

At 10:46 PM, Blogger Antonia Z said...

It's coming faster than anybody realizes.

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200803/subprime/3

 
At 9:09 AM, Blogger Romantic Heretic said...

Interesting articles.

"On the other hand, many inner suburbs that are on the wrong side of town, and poorly served by public transport, are already suffering what looks like inexorable decline. Low-income people, displaced from gentrifying inner cities, have moved in, and longtime residents, seeking more space and nicer neighborhoods, have moved out."

When I read this I immediately thought of where I grew up, Agincourt.

When my family moved there our street was essentially a cul de sac. The main street, Midland Avenue, was a tarred gravel road one and a half lanes wide. There was a farm on the other side of it.

Eight years later it was a fully built suburb. Midland had been widened to four fully paved lanes with a stop light next to our house. Huntingwood Avenue, now one of Scarborough's main drags had sprung into existence in that time. The farm was long gone.

Now, I keep reading about it in the papers. People being shot steps from our door. What I hear occasionally is that the place isn't the best to live anymore.

It's rather disheartening, isn't it? How many of our really cool ideas unravel in a hurry.

 
At 3:51 AM, Anonymous s said...

and as the mortgage walking becomes heavier and heavier so too will we see squatters in these little houses built of ticky tack.

now come on sheena, i mean, where's your food review of psyche ward supper?

 
At 3:51 AM, Anonymous scout said...

and as the mortgage walking becomes heavier and heavier so too will we see squatters in these little houses built of ticky tack.

now come on sheena, i mean, where's your food review of psyche ward supper?

 

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