The New Urban Crisis. How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class – and What We Can Do About It
2017: Basic Books, NY
Urban crisis is also suburban crisis. What is bad for one is bad for the other, if in different ways. For Florida’s take on all this we refer you to chapter eight of his most recent book. This chapter functions as a data-supported handbook to the sprawl zones. In an era of what he calls winner-take-all urbanism staged by and for the so-called creative class, well, the further out you go it seems the deeper the doo-doo. Please read.
The new suburban crisis
A visit to the City of New Westminster’s Queensborough. An ambitious call to truly fix the suburbs and get us more housing there along the way.
How to build better burbs to ease the housing crunch. Transforming suburbs creates options for families priced out of city and creates better communities
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Busting four common myths about the suburbs
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A presentation on the challenging, refitted future of North American sprawl as good as this one deserves way more hits. June Williamson, co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia, at a conference this summer:
The future of suburban retrofit
– City University of New York
Strong Towns is such a wonderful blog, always interesting. Like this piece about the possibilities for artists and makers in places where:
”…the next Mecca of the creative class is most likely to emerge. This is the kind of rapidly declining suburban landscape that is in evidence all across North America. It isn’t leafy and tranquil like the better suburbs. The schools are crap. But it isn’t vibrant like the best urban locations either. This spot is too far from the city to easily access good jobs, but it’s just close enough to receive the undesirable overflows from the greater metroplex. Tax revenues are evaporating just as legacy public obligations really start to roll in. Property values are dropping like a stone. The authorities are already quietly withdrawing in an attempt to maintain the better parts of town. Perfect!”
On the other hand, this is also Kensington:
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Urban studies theorist Richard Florida turns his attention in this item to the divergent prospects of inner suburbs and the sprawl beyond them. Yikes!
Inside the new suburban crisis. Once the key driver of the American dream, the suburbs have reached the end of a long era of cheap growth. Now their advantages to economic mobility have nearly disappeared
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We’ve been working our way through a substantial podcast series begun in January by KQED/NPR. The suburbs of San Francisco are the field of reportage. Gentrification, race, the cost of living and social change are foregrounded. Wow, there’s nearly six hours worth of material here.
Q’ed Up npr.org
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A high value stop on the interwebs for anyone looking into suburban poverty: from New York University’s Furman Center and The Stoop.
The dream revisited: suburban poverty and segregation
For even more: #dreamrevisited