The Death of Suburbia

This video is from TED and is one of a long series of videos I am downloading off of YouTube and converting to my PSP for viewing again later.  I am a big fan of Kunstler’s view of the future (although I think he underestimates the power of capitalism and innovation a bit) but the video is one that you will want to watch.

In James Howard Kunstler’s view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about. Reengineering our cities will involve more radical change than we are prepared for, Kunstler believes, but our hand will be forced by earth crises stemming from our national lifestyle. “Life in the mid-21st century,” Kunstler says, “is going to be about living locally.”

6 thoughts on “The Death of Suburbia”

  1. Too bad you didn’t have an iPod Touch – you could save yourself the hassle of download/convert and just click on the YouTube icon.

    Apple +1
    Sony 0

  2. Cheap shot. 20 yard penalty and loss of down. Entertaining? In a David Chappelle kind of way. Kunstler needs to up his meds and attend divorce recovery classes. He’s got a few good points, and his writing is far better than his speaking and presenting. I feel like I’m watching a sausage factory. Good editing helps him immensely, but, even with an editor, you can’t approach this topic with so many blind sides.

    For a graduate of a magnet school, I would expect him to replicate that paradigm across suburbia. Ignoring the aspect of good schools, and the financial backbone of home ownership is well below the intellectual standards of TED.

    But the good ideas can come out in a committee, part of a comprehensive collaboration, edited so that the entertainment supports the message.

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