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TPB, Esq.

I've always enjoyed Kunstler, but I hated how he managed to deconstruct planning so well and offered little that was usable in lieu of the current McMansion/large lot zoning paradigm (same with Jane Jacobs). Peter Calthorpe is another writer/land use guy who has some interesting views (see The Next American Metropolis); Myron Orfeld, former mayor (I think former) of Minn-St. Paul has a great book called Metropolitics that also addresses the issue.


He looks to me like a typical guy who has lived almost his entire life in the Northeast, yet decides to bash the South as a vast suburbia. That's fine (if incorrect), but if I were to make similarly broad and negative statements about, say, New York City, wouldn't I simply be deemed a rube of some sort?

As for Charleston and Savannah, they may be two Southern cities that have maintained much of their character, but at what cost? It's extremely cost prohibitive to live in either place these days for many of the reasons that Kunstler seems to praise.


Sherry, have you checked out David Sucher's work? He's written a book about integrating New Urbanist principles into every day city planning, called City Comforts. You can find his Typepad blog here.

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