According to Vishaan Chakrabarti’s essay in last Sunday’s Dallas Morning News Points section, America has an addiction to suburbs that isn’t sustainable, and as more young people move back into the urban core, the federal government will need to de-emphasize its policies that have propagated suburban sprawl:
For all of the attention showered on hipster enclaves like Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Portland, Ore., America is only in the beginning stages of a historic urban reordering. After over a half-century of depopulation, cities have been filling up — and not just with young millennials, but with families and even with older workers and retirees.
This reordering, should it continue, will have dramatic consequences for our politics and society — but only if the federal government undertakes its own historic reordering and shifts its priorities away from promoting the suburbs.
Interesting thoughts. A lot of the “reordering” Chakrabarti describes is illustrated well by Dallas’ booming inside-the-loop neighborhoods, places where you can buy a home inside the city limits and have only a 20 minute commute to downtown. But these are places where you can still enjoy things like a lawn, great neighbors, and some room to breathe. It’s a contrast to Chakrabarti’s vision of city life, which is dense, mass-transit-infused, and walkable.
But make no mistake, these areas are still very much Dallas, and there are some benefits to living inside LBJ despite the suburban feel that crosses into anathema for those new urbanists. Take University Terrace, for example.