Even if we assume that suburban sprawl is no longer a significant factor in the growth of our cities, we are still left with all of the suburban development that was built in the last several decades across America. So, the question is: what the heck are we supposed to do with all of our existing suburbs? How do we go about fixing them? The two TED Talks below address this question.
The first TED Talk from Elen Dunham-Jones, Georgia Tech planning professor, and author of Retrofitting Suburbia. Dunham-Jones focuses on how we can “retrofit suburbia” by looking at examples across the country where dead suburban strip malls have been re-created into vibrant urban corridors.
The second TED Talk from Jeff Speck, author of Walkable City, argues that we can fix our country’s suburbs by focusing on improving walkability.
What are your ideas for how to fix the suburbs?