Planning & Development

James Howard Kunstler on Suburbia

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by Josh Wood Wednesday March 25, 2009

Here is a TED talk featuring James Howard Kunstler. Kunstler, an outspoken critic of sprawl, believes “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.” In his book The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape, Kunstler attempts to “discover how and why suburbia has ceased to be a credible human habitat, and what society might do about it.” (Wikipedia).

While the city has a lot to offer, Cranston is on the front lines of Providence’s ever-expanding sprawl. You might not agree with all of the ideas, but imagine Reservoir Avenue as you watch this video.

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