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I think people underestimate just how bad North American suburbs really are, and how prevalent they are. They are economic deserts dependent on an input energy resources to function. They destroy valuable farmland and an amazing rate. They are extremely expensive to provide any sort of public services to them. Some have been carefully designed to prevent public services from being provided to them. The classic example would be underpasses leading to the suburbs. The bridges in some cases have been carefully arched to prevent busses from using these roads. Over time most of these bridges have had to be rebuilt to allow busses, but it gives an idea of the scope of the problem. Let me take it back a bit: Suburbs prevent economic activity by design. That is their big attraction.

Part of an extreme melt down would probably require mass migration of North American population out of the suburbs. Too dense to farm and not dense enough to provide any sort of self-sustaining society. Suburbs located in and very close to cities would in effect need to be re-built. Los Angeles would become the classic nightmare, being a city that is mostly suburb.


aspiring to genteel poverty

by edwin (eeeeeeee222222rrrrreeeeeaaaaadddddd@@@@yyyyaaaaaaa) on Tue Jun 19th, 2007 at 12:48:49 PM EST
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