- File Size: 3793 KB
- Print Length: 37 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 5, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EIKI3RK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Walk across Suburbia: One Man's Journey through his Neighborhood Kindle Edition
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This book is a good starting point for anyone who is aware of the existential misery of the suburban lifestyle and wants to dig into it a little deeper. You will NOT enjoy this book if you are the type who feels an overwhelming need to always park as close as possible to every door you need to enter. If you think the ultimate destiny of the human race is for each family to be as isolated as they can from everyone else, accessible only by automobile, and surrounded by electronic entertainment in climate controlled McMansions, this book will make no sense to you.
While I enjoyed the author's observations on suburban living, I was surprised that he didn't offer any realistic solutions. His "Wild Ideas" section at the end was laughably naïve and wouldn't do anything to solve the social and psychological problems caused by living in the suburban environment. This short book is both entertaining and depressing. If you read this book and find that it causes you to want to learn more, I suggest you seek out the more fully formed ideas of the "New Urbanist" movement. "The Geography of Nowhere" by James Howard Kunstler would be an excellent choice, and his podcast, "The Kunstlercast" might even be better (I recommend starting at the beginning). Also, the writings of Andres Duany will give you hope for the future of America, rather than just pointing out how meaningless and depressing our built environment is. If enough people grab onto these ideas and demand neighborhoods that are scaled to a meaningful human lifestyle, then we can expect to see more and more places become socially vibrant, economically active, and environmentally cleaner!
Ilgunas writes well, but the basic themes of soulless suburbia are familiar from books, magazines, and movies. It was definitely worth $2.99 on Kindle, but don’t have high expectations.