Articles related to suburbia
 
James Howard Kunstler
Agitprop Is Not News 
Forget about sharks. In their Valentine’s Day editorial: Why Does Trump Ignore Top Officials’ Warnings on Russia?, The New York Times jumped several blue whales (all the ones left on earth), a cruise ship, a subtropical archipelago, a giant vortex of plastic bottles, and the Sport’s Illustrated swimsuit shoot. The lede said: The phalanx of intelligence chiefs who testified on Capitol Hill delivered a chilling message: Not only did Russia interfere in the 2016 election, it is already meddling in
Friday, February 16, 2018
Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
Getting Over the Suburban Hump to Real Urbanism
Suburbia doesn’t scale. Most people’s vision of the “suburban ideal” involves large single-family houses on plots of 0.25 to 2.0 acres. This results in population densities of around 1500-4000 people per square mile, and extreme auto dependency. This model is enshrined in the “Small Town America” vision that inspired generations of suburbanites; but it only works when the town is small – and towns stay small because nobody wants to live there, typically because of the lack of jobs. A “Small Tow
Monday, August 28, 2017
James Howard Kunstler
  Diminishing Returns 
These two words are the hinge that is swinging American life — and the advanced techno-industrial world, for that matter — toward darkness. They represent an infection in the critical operations of daily life, like a metabolic disease, driving us into disorder and failure. And they are so omnipresent that we’ve failed to even notice the growing failure all around us. Mostly, these diminishing returns are the results of our over-investments in making complex systems more complex, for instance the
Monday, August 21, 2017
James Howard Kunstler
  Battle of the Behemoths 
As the empire deliquesces into a fetid slurry of economic failure, we stand ankle deep in the rising swamp waters witnessing the futile battle of the giants, Walmart and Amazon. Neil Howe, co-author of The Fourth Turning, wrote this week that “[t]he Amazon-Walmart rivalry will determine the future of retail.” Well, it seems that way, perhaps, and I understand why a lot of people would imagine it, but I would draw some different conclusions. What we’re seeing is more like the battle between Godzi
Friday, August 11, 2017
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Study Says by 2030 1/4th of Miles Driven will be Driverless
A convergence of three trends – Ride Sharing, Autonomous Driving, and Vehicle Electrification—will offer big-city dwellers cheap, convenient transportation, transforming the automotive industry, says a report by the Boston Consulting group. The report concludes By 2030, 25% of Miles Driven in US Could Be in Shared Self-Driving Electric Cars. BCG’s key insight is that the convergence of three trends—ride sharing (services such as Uber and Lyft), autonomous driving, and vehicle electrification—cre
Sunday, April 16, 2017
James Howard Kunstler
Musktopia Here We Come! 
It ought to be sign of just how delusional the nation is these days that Elon Musk of Tesla and Space X is taken seriously. Musk continues to dangle his fantasy of travel to Mars before a country that can barely get its shit together on Planet Earth, and the Tesla car represents one of the main reasons for it — namely, that we’ll do anything to preserve, maintain, and defend our addiction to incessant and pointless motoring (and nothing to devise a saner living arrangement). Even people with Ivy
Monday, April 3, 2017
Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
What The Hell Is Going On (Part 2)
This article was originally published by James Quinn at The Burning Platform In Part One of this article I exposed the establishment narrative of a strong economy as rubbish by providing hard data regarding imploding gasoline usage, failing bricks and mortar retailers and plunging restaurant sales. “Inflation may indeed bring benefits for a short time to favored groups, but only at the expense of others. And in the long run it brings ruinous consequences to the whole community. Even a relatively
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Good Ole Days Return: Nixonian Wage and Price Controls
Californians longing for the “Good Ole Days” of wage and price controls under President Nixon may get their wish. Wage controls in the form of increasing minimums just passed the California legislature. Price controls in the form of rent caps are starting to spread to suburbia. Please consider Rent Control Spreads from Pricey San Francisco to Suburbs. Last year, a raucous city council meeting over rent control in Alameda, population 75,000, resulted in two arrests. Farther north, city leaders o
Monday, April 4, 2016
Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
Let's Take A Look At Hudson Yards
Hudson Yards is a major new highrise development planned for the west side of Manhattan, New York. The site was once a railyard. Once both phases are completed, a total of more than 17 million square feet of commercial and residential space will be built. http://www.hudsonyardsnewyork.com/the-story Well, let's take a look. The problem with hirise architecture, over the past century or so as I see it, is generally not the height of the building itself. There's nothing particularly unplea
Sunday, February 28, 2016
James Howard Kunstler
  Discovery 
I t looks like 2016 will be the year that humanfolk learn that the stuff they value was not worth as much as they thought it was. It will be a harrowing process because a great many humans are abandoning ownership of things that are rapidly losing value — e.g. stocks on the Shanghai exchange — and stuffing whatever “money” they can recover into the US dollar, the assets and usufructs of which are also going through a very painful reality value adjustment. Of course this calls into question forem
Monday, January 11, 2016
Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
  HTMAPODWTTC 13: Getting Other People's Cooperation 
A friend who works in a municipal government in Canada wrote to me recently (reprinted with permission): The town I work in (where I am a planner) just approved a project in which we tried hard to get close to the traditional city ideals you promote (and I firmly believe in). We pushed the developer HARD on narrow streets and we ended up in a major battle with our own Engineering and Fire Departments.  British Columbia’s building code requires 6 metres
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
Strategic Relocation Preparedness Tip: Find The Perfect Survival Retreat or Homestead
Finding the right place to live can be a daunting task. And for those looking to strategically relocate out of major cities to a more sustainable and free lifestyle it could be even more challenging. From balancing your professional needs and familial goals, to finding just the right mix of acreage, security and natural resources, getting into that perfect home may seem like a far off dream at times. Traditional assessments surrounding the concept of strategic relocation are often directed at li
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
Strategic Relocation Preparedness Tip: Find The Perfect Survival Retreat or Homestead
Finding the right place to live can be a daunting task. And for those looking to strategically relocate out of major cities to a more sustainable and free lifestyle it could be even more challenging. From balancing your professional needs and familial goals, to finding just the right mix of acreage, security and natural resources, getting into that perfect home may seem like a far off dream at times. Traditional assessments surrounding the concept of strategic relocation are often directed at li
Monday, July 7, 2014
Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
HTMAPODWTTC 12: Trailer Parks and Mobile Home Parks 
For a while, I've been proposing actionable, specific ways to create Traditional City neighborhoods within the context of the present Suburban Hell or 19th Century Hypertrophic City as it exists in the United States today. These formats are intended to achieve all of our Traditional City goals of creating pleasing environments to live, work, shop and play, while also being highly profitable for developers. January 20, 2013: HTMAPODWTTC 11:
Sunday, May 18, 2014
John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
Welcome to the Third World, Part 13: Suburbs Become Ghettos 
Not so long ago, a reasonably-presentable American could live an hour outside of a city and commute in for a government or banking job, thus getting the best of both worlds: city-level wages and a 3,000 square foot house with a big yard for the kids. But then municipal governments ran out of money and started laying off, while banks, traumatized by their 2009 near-death experience, cut back on mortgage and consumer lending and fired the related staff. The only other jobs available we
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
Environmentalism is the Key to Growth 
After you figure out the Magic Formula — Low Taxes, Stable Money — you begin to wonder why so many others are apparently not that interested in your “high growth strategy.” Some people, countries and leaders are very interested in high growth. China today. Korea and Japan in the past. But, I would say that most people living in the “developed world” — Western Europe, the U.S., and Japan today — are not really that interested in rapid economic expansion.
Monday, May 12, 2014
James Howard Kunstler
  Lying or Just Stupid 
It’s not always easy to define what exactly is wrong with America, but what ever it is, it’s huge. — Roel Ilargi Meijer, The Automatic Earth.com Nobody knows, from sea to shining sea, why we’re having all this trouble with our Republic. — Tom McGuane, Ninety-Two in the Shade Despite its Valley Girl origins, the simple term clueless turns out to be the most accurate descriptor for America’s degenerate zeitgeist. Nobody gets it — the “it” being a rather hefty bundle of issues ranging from our en
Monday, May 5, 2014
Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
  How to Make Billions While Making People Happy and Saving the Planet 
Real-estate legend Sam Zell said recently that the “End of Suburbia” might be happening. Right here and now. Of course, all the suburban dreck that was built in the last six decades isn’t going to vaporize. But, in terms of new construction — in other words, the real estate development business — reproducing the postwar, automobile-dependent Suburbia pattern is a money-losing proposition. “You’re drawing all the young people in America to these 24/7 ci
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
The Eco-Technic Civilization 
The notion of an "eco-technic civilization" is popular these days. It is a good alternative to the "retro-eco" idea which is everywhere today -- that to be in harmony with the earth, one should live in some sort of 19th century fashion. Actually, people in the 19th century were not particularly environmentally aware at all. They scoured the oceans for whales so they could light oil lamps, and deforested much of the North American continent before coal became cheaper t
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
James Howard Kunstler
  Schilling Shilling 
Such is the power of wishful thinking that a set of fool-making memes now pulses through the word-clouds of financial chatter in America spreading the false good cheer that our economic troubles are behind us and pimping for perpetual motion in wealth expansion. A poster boy for this bundle of falsehoods is financial analyst A. Gary Schilling. Just last week, he was talking out of his cloacal vent about US “energy independence” and “the manufacturing renaissance” that will allow this country to
Monday, November 18, 2013
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