Robert Moses, Holmdel, Bell Labs discussed on All of It


A city person. Or as a country person, and you have a sense of what is important to them by those descriptions, but two people ever describe themselves as a suburb person. And what would that mean? Well as we will learn today. Being a suburb person means something very different than it did 25 years ago. External forces like economics and demographics have changed the areas outside of big cities. Those changes include a widening wealth gap and what it means to be middle class. They include the collapse of the retail economy in the wake of e commerce alternatives like the A word. Four went out for shopping malls. Right and we now know how car culture has computed contributed to climate change. The suburbs were built around the idea that you'd have to get around in a car. Thank you, Robert Moses. In some cases, areas have kept up. But in others, these physical spaces of suburbia need to be re imagined, or even retro fitted. Hmm. There's a new book called Case Studies from Retrofitting Suburbia. Urban Design Strategies for urgent challenges. This is from the introduction, quote, Establish Suburbs largely built for young white families are more likely to be populated today by older white faces and younger faces of color. The book outlines six priorities for retrofitting suburbia, disrupt automobile dependence, improve public health support in aging population, leverage social capital for equity, compete for jobs and water and energy resilience. The book outlines 32 case studies of suburban redevelopment, including two from our area in Holmdel, New Jersey, where Bell Labs corporate campus was transformed in what's called a metro hub. And a multi faceted project in wine dance out on Long Island that turned an abandoned shopping center.

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