Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Cities that don't work

Here's a fine illustration of the disfunctional suburb. "Calmed" roads led to a storm

I don't imagine that speed bumps, etc., would make the Los Angeles commuters who seek shortcuts through Cheviot Hills leave their cars at home and walk or bike to work. But what about the Cheviotans themselves? Instead of cranking up their SUVs when they need a dozen eggs, couldn't some of them go by foot? Or bicycle?

The piece is a fine illustration of the futility of American urban design. When Frank Lloyd Wright promulgated his dream of a motor utopia he did his country a great disservice. The suburbs don't work much better than Wright's leaky roofs.

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