And we still haven't learned... Dec 3, 2008
If I were King, I would appoint Mr. Kunstler asthe City, Town, and Neighborhood Planning Czar, with dictatorial powers and the mandate that he do it right this time.
In this well written and most interesting tome, he explores the background and the nature of the decline of our smaller towns and their replacement by cutesy, kitschy and altogether dehumanising suburban developments, with their winding "country" roads which lead to nowhere, except perhaps to perdition for the residents and to the bank vault for the developers.
The book tells us exactly what is wrong with these bedroom-and-two-car-garage communities. What it does not tell us is how to fix them. That is, other than with the same machinery which created them: the Bulldozer!
The book is particularly pertinent to me, for I live on a very straight dirt road out in the REAL country, where the minimum lot size is 3 acres, where it is so dark you cannot see your outstretched hand at night, and where you cant hear highway road noise...
Definitely worth the time to read and digest... And go ahead, send a copy to your town planner...