A Patchwork of Nodes
As the country resettles along more urbanized lines, some suggest the future may look more like a patchwork of nodes: mini urban areas all over the country connected to one another with a range of public transit options. It’s not unlike the dense settlement of the Northeast already, where city-suburbs like Stamford, Greenwich, West Hartford, and others exist in relatively close proximity. “The differences between cities and suburbs are diminishing ,” says Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program director Bruce Katz, noting that cities and suburbs are also becoming more alike racially, ethically, and socioeconomically. Katz sees the sea change hitting the suburbs as a long-overdue correction. “The United States was so completely out of balance,” he says. “We were so pro-sprawl, pro-decentralization, and so auto-dependent,” he points out, that the development pattern was unsustainable from an energy perspective. “What’s happening now is that we’re becoming more in balance,” he says, citing the increased prevalence of the “urban form” in many suburbs.
Leigh Gallagher from The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving