The urban archipelago
My hometown alternative weekly The Stranger has an unbelievably good article running this week — it’s the first thing I’ve read post-election that actually felt authentic and hopeful to me. It says that relevant red/blue divide is not a matter of states but a matter of rural vs. urban. Cities vote Democrat. It’s time to celebrate that, celebrate cities and the values of diversity, vitality, and imagination that make them run, and turn our attention to making cities ever more aesthetically, practically, and politically attractive. My eye was particularly drawn to this passage:
And, as counterintuitive as it may seem to composting, recycling self-righteous suburbanites, living in dense urban areas is actually better for the environment. The population of New York City is larger than that of 39 states. But because dense apartment housing is more energy efficient, New York City uses less energy than any state. Conversely, suburban living–with its cars, highways, and single-family houses flanked by pesticide-soaked lawns–saps energy and devastates the ecosystem.
I recommend reading the whole thing.