Happy July 15th, 2014 y’all. This blog is now 5.>
Duuuuude. I may not be able to lift myself from the inevitable vortex of Atlanta-history goodness that has been laid down by this new Planning Atlanta website.
The fine folks at the Georgia State University library have put together a digital archive of 130 (and growing) planning maps of…
Is sprawl not social engineering towards a different end?
Yes indeedy. Sprawl is the product of social engineering on probably the largest scale we’ve ever seen in the US. I watched the incredible Pruitt-Igoe Myth documentary last night and it references this — the way that local and federal government stepped in to allow the white-flight and sprawl boom to happen in the 1950s-60s.
New zoning regulations ensured that the only form of development possible in many counties was detached-use sprawl for the middle class (with no chance for apartments to accommodate low-income people). Highway infrastructure accommodated the commuting needs of people in this car-oriented environment, while making alternative transportation options infeasible in much of the landscape.
Charles Marohn calls sprawl the US “suburban experiment” and, economically, a failed one. I think we’ll need to let a generation of baby boomers pass us by, though, before the US can accept that this is indeed a failed experiment in social engineering. Too many people are emotionally attached to car-centric subdivisions and strip malls as the best development form possible — and blind to the government intervention that made this form not only possible but obligatory.
For more info on how zoning laws facilitated the growth of sprawl, take a look at this article.
The project documents every instance of the phrase “is the new” encountered from various sources in 2005. It is intended to map the iterations of a peculiarly common marketing and literary device.
Wait What - Dangerous And Sound (Busta Rhymes vs. Capital Cities)
I love the vibe here.
New star slinger interview from Montréal. Talks about me a bit at the beginning haha. His show in Toronto was really awesome. Some random guy from London bugged the shit out of us as well.
A prayer for October
We are compãning t’wards a precipice, my dear
For once eye can eye deep the distance both ways.
I’m learning to not leap back and suggest in you fear.