Sprawl 22 quotes

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Suburbia is a collection of private benefits and public nuisances. Anonymous
If car ownership is mandatory, [the place is] not urban. Donald Baxter
Suburbanization is the biggest threat to cities in North America. Paul Bedford
Office development...pollutes land, air, and water as surely as industrial development once did. Office buildings pollute by generating vehicle traffic. A downtown office building well served by transit pollutes far less than a suburban office building accessible only by car. Steve Belmont
The most destructive force I continue to see is the grafting of suburban types... building-lot configurations, street types, landscaping, public works, open space... onto urban settings. This has fueled the destruction of the city as well as frustrated the construction of new urban places. Chuck Bohl
Those who buy into the suburbs because they want to be close to nature are going to keep doing so. The point of parks in cities is not to satisfy that urge, but to make better urbanism for those who want real urbanism. David Brain
If you are driving an hour and a half each way for thirty years, the consequences don’t catch up with you at 32, they catch up in your early 50’s. Jerry Deffenbacher
Big boxes are symptomatic of sprawl, not the fundamental producers of it. Seth Harry
The majority of sprawl in this country is produced by those who are fleeing from sprawl. Alex Krieger
America at the turn of the millennium is suffering the woeful consequences, largely unanticipated, of trying to become a drive-in utopia. The attempt took roughly eighty years, from the end of the First World War to the brink of global warming, oil depletion, and other epochal disorders hard upon us. This nation's massive suburban build-out was an orgy of misspent energy and material resources that squandered our national wealth and left us with an infrastructure of daily life that, left as is, has poor prospects in the new century. It is also hard to overstate the cultural destruction that was one of its chief side effects, especially the loss of knowledge, tradition, skill, custom, and vernacular wisdom in the art of city-making that was thrown into the dumpster of history in our effort to fulfill General Motors' 'World of Tomorrow' The City In Mind James Howard Kunstler
Now that we have built the sprawling system of far-flung houses, offices, and discount marts connected by freeways, we can't afford to live in it. We also failed to anticipate the costs of the social problems we created in letting our towns and cities go to hell. Two generations have grown up and matured in America without experiencing what it is like to live in a human habitat of quality. We have lost so much culture in the sense of how to build things well. Bodies of knowledge and sets of skills that took centuries to develop were tossed into the garbage, and we will not get them back easily. The culture of architecture was lost to Modernism and its dogmas. The culture of town planning was handed over to lawyers and bureaucrats, with pockets of resistance mopped up by the automobile, highway, and real estate interests. The Geography of Nowhere James Howard Kunstler
The road is now like television, violent and tawdry. The landscape it runs through is littered with cartoon buildings and commercial messages. We whiz by them at 55 miles an hour and forget them, because one convenience store looks like the next. They do not celebrate anything beyond their mechanistic ability to sell merchandise. We don't want to remember them. We did not savor the approach and we were not rewarded upon reaching the destination, and it will be the same next time, and every time. There is little sense of having arrived anywhere, because everyplace looks like noplace in particular.Suburbia is economically catastrophic, socially toxic, ecologically suicidal and spiritually degrading. It has become a cartoon of country life, an abstraction of it, in many cases a mockery of it. The Geography of Nowhere James Howard Kunstler
What's bad about sprawl is not its uniformity, but that it is so uniformly bad. James Howard Kunstler
The United Sates is threatening Cuba with weapons of mass construction. Sue McGlynn
Do you want to know what depresses the American spirit? Do you want to know why it feels as if the center cannot hold and the tyranny of mediocrity has been loosed upon our world? Do you want to know what instills thoughts of suicide and creates a desperate, low-level rage the source of which we cannot quite identify but that we know is right under our noses and that we now inhale Prozac and Xanax and Paxil by the truckload to attempt to mollify? I have your answer. Here it is. Look. It is the appalling spread of big- box strip malls, tract homes like a cancer, meta-developments paving over the American landscape, all creating a bizarre sense of copious loss, empty excess, heartless glut, forcing us to ask, once again, the Great All-American Question: How can we have so damned much but still feel as if we have almost nothing at all? San Francisco Chronicle Mark Morford
Isn't it paradoxical that the old factories are now the place of efficient and desirable urban living, while the suburban escape from them have become consumptive, environmentally unsustainable, noxious places. Michael Morrissey
Marketing Message: ‘Eatin' good in the neighborhood...’ Physical Reality: ‘Servin' it hot in the parking lot...’ Steve Mouzon
Infill development is publicly cheap but privately expensive, while sprawl is publicly expensive but privately cheap. James Nicholas
The only way you run into someone else in LA is in a car crash. on why she moved to New York Susan Sarandon
For the first time in human history, people are systematically building meaningless places. E. V. Walter
Generica: Fast food joints, strip malls, and subdivisions, as in we were so lost in Generica, I didn't know what city it was. Steve Weigand
It is difficult to design a place that will not attract people. What is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished. William H. Whyte