A Google sponsored ad today led me to two sites on urban sprawl, both of which are information/promotional sites for documentaries.
1. HelloCoolWorld’s Radiant City: A Documentary About Suburban Sprawl by Gary Burns & Jim Brown (apparently set to be released in Canada – you lucky Canucks).
2. Country Mice and City Mice, a project in the planning phases to create a documentary on “the culture of urban sprawl, the politics of urban planning, the aesthetics of our built environment and the history of Western expansion”
In my personal experience (having lived in many places, both urban and suburban, in cities large and small and briefly on a 5-acre property of a subdivided land grant in the exurbs) I can attest to having a much higher level of satisfaction with life the closer I live to city center. I would strongly prefer to live walking distance to a major mass transit (i.e. subway) stop, but being able to carpool with my husband and daughter to work/school for a total drive of about 15 minutes each way is pretty good. When we’re empty-nesters, I definitely forsee us moving to an apartment/condo in the city and getting rid of the car completely.