The suburbs were designed for the car, not the human being. As a result, the physical development of suburban commercial areas bear a striking resemblance across the country. When the idea of "walking around" is unheard of in the suburbs, something needs to change.
Simple shifts can encourage suburban development that's less isolating, less car-dependent, and values human dignity. Instead of traffic being a measure of vitality, the visible measurement is human activity.
By using human-scaled values as the foundation for a new development framework, the next generation of robust suburbs will evolve.
- More people per square mile, in places that make sense.
- Proud existing residents and local businesses can show their commitment to their town through investment and ownership opportunities.
- Outside companies or prospective residents have a simple process to invest in property and employees, with clear rewards.
- Location of amenities close enough to get around.
Create zones with irresistible jobs and opportunities for locals. Allow zone to expand with the same density of opportunities.