I've written about how space defines a city and how that definition represents the identity and brand of that town. Here Kunstler delivers a profane, hilarious, knives-out rant on a congruent subject, suburban sprawl, and it's worth every second of the 20 minute run time. In his indictment of "Places Not Worth Caring About," he savages odious urban design and explains why it communicates hostility and despair. He also describes how the end of the oil economy will force us to address what he calls "The National Automobile Slum" and the "Greatest Misallocation of Resources in the History of the World." Caution: four-letters words a-plenty.
Grab your lunch, park it and watch.
No time? A few quotes for your consideration:
"We're doing a poor job defining space... consequently these are places that nobody will want to be in... places not worth caring about. We have about 38,000 places not worth caring about in the United States today. When we have enough of them, we will have a nation that's not worth defending."
"We're going to have to change this behavior whether we like it or not... we are entering an epochal era of change in the world, certainly America, the period that will be characterized by the end of the cheap oil era. It is going to change absolutely everything. There's not going to be a hydrogen economy. Forget it, it's not going to happen. We're going to have to downscale, rescale and resize virtually everything in this country, and we can't start soon enough to do it."