Urbanist scholar Joel Kotkin, whom we quoted last month, wants a family-friendly city, but he recognizes that in many ways suburbs provide better conditions for an ideal family life.

Author:Mills, David
Position:WHILE WE'RE AT IT - Brief article
 
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Urbanist scholar Joel Kotkin, whom we quoted last month, wants a family-friendly city, but he recognizes that in many ways suburbs provide better conditions for an ideal family life. People like Jane Jacobs assumed that packing people together created a livelier community life and that the more spacious suburbs were necessarily alienating, but in the suburbs you have the space to be a family, which is also the space to be neighbors and active members of the community. That space isn't just physical but psychological.

What Jacobs and her peers did not see is that...

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