More Smart Growth in Newsweek
Bruce Katz, Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, has an article in Newsweek entitled “The Suburban Challenge.”
Several comments seem particularly relevant in light of issues facing the Lehigh Valley:
- The mental line between city and suburb no longer makes much sense; policies need to treat metropolitan areas as a whole.
- And all levels of government need to reinvent the physical landscape. We need to create walkable communities and more public transit to link people in the burbs to jobs, schools, concert halls and sports fields that may be in the next neighborhood, the next municipality or the next county. As much as they may love their SUVs, suburbanites would benefit from lower greenhouse-gas emissions, less traffic and higher housing values (proximity to transit boosts home prices).