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Jonathan Potts

As much as I loved Kunstler's books, he really has become a caricature of himself.


Comments like this crack me up...

"Like I have been saying, a lot of people are not living out there and driving those because they are getting mixed signals from government. A lot of them--some of them, at least--live out their because they love McMansions and they love driving around in huge SUVs."

You know another reason people love to live "out there?" Because their jobs and lives are out there as well.

The pro-city/anti-suburb ranting that goes on is largely based on long ago outdate mythology where everyone works in the city and some people simply choose to live in the suburbs and drive into the city to work. The truth is jobs have left the city right a long with the population and anyone living in the suburbs is just as likely to be working out at Cranberry Woods, an RIDC park in O'Hara or in Sewickly as they are in the city.

In fact of the dozen or so people from Sq Hill that we keep in contact with since moving, only one couple actually works in the city. The rest all live in homes built a hundred year or more ago, were designed for family three or four times as large as theirs will ever be, use ungodly amounts of energy, drive long distance not only to work in the suburbs but to shop at the malls in Robinson, Ross and at The Mills not to mention their biking, hiking and swimming in north and south county parks.

The stoop-dwellers have wrapped themselves in all sorts of convienent fictions about their lifestyle choices and I can barely keep from laughing in the faces of the childless coulples who pat themselves on the back for "caring" about the environment by driving ther Volvo station wagon to the IKEA to buy CFLs for their 5 bedroom 3 bath houses in Highland Park that cost $900 a month to heat and cool.

Jonathan Potts

You make a lot of good points, except that the city of Pittsburgh is still the major center of employment for the region, which puts us in a somewhat different position than other major metro areas. It's also one of the reasons--though certainly not the only one--that there isn't nearly as much sprawl here as elsewhere.

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