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  •  You say suburbs... (4.00)
    ...I say exurbs. Historically, the suburbs sprang up along public transport routes (rail commuter lines, bus routes, tram lines or "streetcars"), and while "Suburbia" is associated in Britain with a stodgy sort of conservatism, like John Cleese's famous civil servant working in the Ministry of Silly Walks, it at least wasn't the home of raving Jeremy Clarkson anti-social bile-filled pedal-to-the-metal wingnuttery. It takes the open spaces of Exurbania where the buses and trains don't go, to nurture such souls.


    Finem respice et principiis obsta—Consider the end, and thwart the beginning

    by Del C on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 08:48:06 AM PST

    •  Streetcar Suburbs.. (4.00)
      ...is a great book about how the "suburbs" of Boston developed during the latter part of the 20th century along the rail lines.  These neighborhoods are now considered urban.  And in New York City, many of the subway lines that were built into the Bronx and Queens at the start of the 20th century extended into areas that were lightly populated.  What most people ignore in discussions about 'suburbs' is that most areas of today's oldest cities were once considered 'suburbs' or even 'exurbs' a century, or even decades ago.
      •  Century Correction (none)
        Latter part of the 19th century is when the Boston streetcar suburbs developed.  
      •  People say Horror! The red states' populations (none)
        are increasing! I say Great! Watch them turn blue!

        When gasoline prices go up, I don't expect the actual population of "exurbia" to go down, instead I expect them to transform from an even-density smear across the land to a more clumpy distribution, like water on a surface gone suddenly teflon.  New towns will appear as people move to where the buses go, and buses start running where the new towns appear.


        Finem respice et principiis obsta—Consider the end, and thwart the beginning

        by Del C on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 02:57:04 PM PST

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