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Suburbia and Community: Untangling a Historial Conundrum

  • Author(s): Nicolaides, Becky
  • et al.

Without him naming it, most of us can easily identify what Kunstler is referring to in this passage. The suburbs. For years now, social critics and urban planners have maligned this built landscape in critiques that have become familiar to many of us. The suburbs are chastised for destroying the environment, diminishing the quality of life as commuting times increase, sullying the air, promoting political and economic inequality, destroying aesthetic vistas, and worst of all, killing community and civic life.

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