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crosswalkLinked below is an article with a couple of embedded videos about post-sprawl community design in which a number of Jane Jacobsesque things about how we might arrange North American life going forward are said.  The item, from canada.com, is great stuff.  With such pieces there is a sense of urgency about global warming, obesity, fossil fuel consumption and aesthetics.  Attractive examples of walkable streets on which we’ll do our less car-dependent living are usually presented and it all makes sense in a self-evident way.  One question though: why does this material always just sort of float there in a bubble?  There’s barely ever any mention of poverty in these items.  Sprawl repair and post-suburban suburbia is quite often presented as if social conditions were irrelevant.  A little strange since the advocates of New Urbanism and higher density living might increase support for their projects on the basis of them being economically easier than sprawl as we know it.

How suburban streets thwart smart transit. Toronto is fighting back against urban sprawl, but reinventing neighbourhoods introduces its own challenges

image: based on photo by Tom Thiel from Wikimedia Commons