Despite our love for cities, we cannot forget about the suburbs. The suburbs have been always been home to a massive population that not only supports our cities but themselves. More of our nation's poor are being driven to the suburbs as urban housing prices rise. How might we encourage human connection, vitality and culture in the suburbs - not sameness, conformity or convention?
Our commitment to systems-thinking demands us to investigate root causes. With this in mind, our interview questions for users are shaped by some foundational questions that we ask ourselves as a team.
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.
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