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In Orlando, two homes have adjoining backyards, but are seven miles apart by car: Are current suburban development patterns in America leading to dysfunctional and isolated neighborhoods?

In Orlando, two homes have adjoining backyards, but are seven miles apart by car: Are current suburban development patterns in America leading to dysfunctional and isolated neighborhoods?
  • Urban planning in America isn't intuitive

    Suburbs were intended to bring people closer together, but they may be pushing them farther apart. When two homes share a backyard but can only be accessed after a seven mile car trip, it means that people can't really spend time with their neighbors. This leads to isolation and mistrust in our communities.

  • Current suburban development patterns in America are leading to dysfunctional and isolated neighborhoods.

    Current suburban development patterns in America are leading to dysfunctional and isolated neighborhoods. The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), says that the major problem is that the present transportation engineering and funding conventions prefer the building of individual segments of roads, instead of a network of streets. Disconnected streets lead to several environment and public health problems.

  • Yes, these development patterns are isolating.

    The current suburban development patterns are dysfunctional and isolating. I find this very disturbing, because homeowners are wanting to be alone and neglecting the need for an interactive neighborhood. I think that speaking with neighbors is an essential part of family and social life. It is a shame that homeowners are not demanding closer homes.

  • No, privacy and space is important.

    The current suburban development patterns in America do not lead to dysfunctional and isolated neighborhoods. People do not have
    to be close to have a functional society, there are community social amenities such as churches, schools and hospitals that bring people together. The social well being of a society is not dependent on how close of distant the houses are.


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