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Retiring in Style

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by John Banksy

Florida for most geriatrics is a wonderful place to die. My parents who retired at the ripe old age of 58 decided to enjoy the pleasantries of the gated community life. The place that they decided to retire—Miromar Lakes is deemed “The Number One Community In America”. It’s also a recipient of the National Association of Home Builders Gold Award …

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New Jersey

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Leslie

I was born, raised, and still live in New York City. I never moved to the suburbs for an extended period of time. One of my aunts did move to New Jersey to live a more calm and serene life away from the city with her children, and now husband. My aunt hosted barbeques, and sleepovers, and I would come …

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The Cost of Sprawl

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Daniel Sully

I watched the above video about suburban sprawl in the 1950s. I’ve never lived in a suburb and have rarely visited any, so I didn’t really know this was such an issue. The video is obviously a little dated (the population of the U.S was 185 million at the time of its creation…), but it’s interesting to be able to watch it …

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Just like Christmas on the Equator

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Alejandro Ribadeneira

Growing up in the global south (with innumerable inputs from North America in the media) can be seen as a series of disappointing circumstances. Firstly, Christmas as a phenomenon cause severe cognitive dissonance. All of those Christmas trees, snowmen and women, woolen hats and sweaters, they simply did not fit in Ecuador—but they were the image that the TV portrayed of …

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Double Trouble

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Idris Al-Hadidi

Depending on your perspective I’ve had either the great opportunity or the unfortunate mishap of living in two separate suburbs. Both with their perks and both with their significant downfalls. My first suburban experience was in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. I’ve spoken on this home and what it meant to me before but from an alternative question. My other suburban experience …

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Little Boxes

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Tori

As a teenager and young adult, Jenji Kohan’s Weeds was one of my favorite television shows. I found that I have always resonated with the theme song, Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds, as it sets an outstanding tone for a critique of suburban life and those who partake in it and perfectly introduces a show that is set up to help people …

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The Suburban Formula

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Lulu

The suburban cookie cutter homes that appeared in post-war America follow a formula. They consisted or consist of a rectilinear lot placed on a pseudo romantic winding road. They have a front lawn with no other landscaping and most notably a garage that takes up a third of the house. Similar to the house itself, suburbs as a whole follow …

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Reston, Virginia

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Jonathan

In 1964, a late-comer to the whole notion of “expansion” decided to found the city of Reston in Northern Virginia using the initials of his name, Robert E. Smith, in a typically modernist way of appointing himself as the fundamental ideologue behind an entire community of people. Being born to wealthy parents, what else is a rich kid supposed to do …

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Choices in Places

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Abigail

Here are all the problems with the suburbs as they have been articulated to me, a lifelong inhabitant of the most populous city in the United States: Sprawl. The suburbs do not build up, as a sky-rise or multi-family would, but outwards, like a strip-mall or an airport. Sprawl creates a dependence on cars and invites an environment that is …

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Right to Happiness

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Sara

Smart growth is the almost universally agreed upon solution to the ailments of the sprawl that dominated our country’s development throughout the twentieth century. Though many of the technicalities of smart growth and the design of an ideal city are disputed amongst industry professionals, the consensus is that strong public transportation systems are key to the future of our civilization. …

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Tampa Palms

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Rex

My story of the suburbs and life within the tree-lined, perfectly manicured streets are quite similar to everyone else. The suburbs are designed to perpetuate the ideals of perfect nuclear family where there is a specific uniformity based off the values of education, space, and a false sense of community. I grew up in an affluent, upper-middle class suburb in …

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I hope you are statusfied…

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Ella

After my parents got married and started to think about having children of their own, the moved to Bedford, NY. Bedford Village is a town with a population a little less that 2,000 people. Bedford is a bubble. The schools are good, the village center itself is picturesque with colonial, white architecture that houses the post office, library, and riding …