Thursday, October 8, 2009

The smartest cities

I live in the "smartest city in the U.S.," according to a website I'd never heard of before this week. I guess that's a good thing, but if our city (metropolitan area) were really smart I think we'd have better public transportation and better bike lanes and be more in touch with new urbanism and things that promote cities instead of sprawl. Research Triangle Park, located between Raleigh and Durham, is a monument to 1950's style suburban planning. Smarts isn't everything--planning and a sense of aesthetics is needed too.


Curtis Chambers said...

I could not agree more... what happened? How did we build all these cities with no walkable areas or public transportation? I think the automobile was the culprit. I live in Florida, which is urban sprawl to the max, glad I am not the only one lamenting this.

Carl Turner said...

I lived in Florida too, and remember it before the urban sprawl. I hate to see the same mistakes Florida made repeated everywhere else.