Lamestream Media jumps on board.

Must have been aired at 3am.

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5 thoughts on “Lamestream Media jumps on board.

  1. Suburbia is disgusting to me. I am saddened about how developers still plan everything around the automobile, and don’t look up into the future. Quick resale, not long term. Looks sweet on paper, but once cities are cut off from one another due to high gas prices, and people saying “F this, I’m not driving to Short Pump for groceries”….they turn IN toward their own communities instead of out to neighboring ones.
    Why drive to your favorite diner when you can walk? People are moving into self-sustaining communities (Richmond, or other older, established cities with character, not pre-fabbed BS thats off every other interstate exit) and out of the cookie cutter boring communities like in the video, where you can’t survive without the automobile.
    I hope this makes sense. I’m juggling a rant and a pissed off GC on the phone about his new building…..

    1. “People are moving into self-sustaining communities (Richmond, or other older, established cities with character, not pre-fabbed BS thats off every other interstate exit)”

      I don’t disagree with your sentiment but I don’t think the statistics don’t really bear this out yet. There are millions of people out there, most of them with kids, who will put up with living in crackerboxes and driving fifty miles a day in their minivans so their kids can grow up in “a good neighborhood”. I don’t know if that’s code for segregated class or race wise, or what. We have the character but until city schools change enough that they are no longer perceived as a last resort, it won’t really happen like you say. The ignorant commenters on EVERY story on the T-D that’s remotely about downtown bear this out. I don’t know what the solution is, either.

      1. To be fair to Richmond City, our population grew about 2.5% between 2000 and 2008. That’s very modest compared to Henrico’s 11% growth and Chesterfield’s 16% growth in the same period. BUT that is a reversal of decades of steady population decline, so although growth isn’t explosive like in the counties, it is positive. There are also many cracks in the vinyl facades of the counties including Chesterfield’s devastated school budget and lopsided tax base. So when you compare growth and services in the counties vis-a-vis the city, you have to ask which is sustainable while you are asking which is good and bad right this minute. The way things are trending now it will be only a matter of time until Chesterfield schools are on par with Richmond’s and then what comparative advantage will the county have? There are fewer jobs there, the housing market is still a bubble protected by the government, and what will they do as gasoline price volatility/shortages become worse?

  2. James Howard Kunstler is one of my favorite contemporary urban thinkers. Check out his books “The Geography of Nowhere” , “The City in Mind” and “The Long Emergency” also his podcast is really good for listening to at work: http://kunstlercast.com/shows/

    I think the important point to take out of this is that the suburbs are fully built out- all there is today is all that will ever be built. The supply for large lot homes is over saturated, the price of them is inflated and can only be protected by the government for so long, and we have lost the political will to pay for road expansion- nevermind the coming price instability and declining supply of the precious gasoline it takes to make sprawl work.

    1. “I think the important point to take out of this is that the suburbs are fully built out- all there is today is all that will ever be built.”
      I hope you’re right, because I hate driving 64 westbound only to see another development being planned, or another forest cleared, or another entrance to another gated subdivision. I just don’t want to see Goochland become another NoVa.
      I can see how it has slowed down tremendously, because how many of the Short Pump condos are still for sale? Are they even done?
      And I remember reading in the paper that developers now have their eyes on Varina. I mean….Varina. They’ve bastardized the west end, now they want to do the same to east end?
      But what happens when the gas is too expensive to justify driving into town? Or worse, gone?

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