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Jan022006

Sprawl Manifesto (the opposite of New Urbanism)

Brian Wright shared this on the NextGen listserv in December, 2005. If you don't understand what "New Urbanism" is about...it's basically the OPPOSITE of this satire.  Written by K. Fischer Craft...

 

SPRAWL MANIFESTO

The Congress for the Continuation of Sprawl views disinvestment in central
cities, the spread of placeless sprawl, increasing separation by race and
income, environmental deterioration, loss of agricultural lands and
wilderness, and the erosion of society's built heritage as the preferred
method of development in America.

We stand for the deterioration of existing urban centers and towns within
incoherent metropolitan regions, the continuation of sprawling suburbs as
apposed to communities of real neighborhoods and diverse districts, the
destruction of natural environments, and the collapse of our built legacy.

We recognize that our physical solutions may not solve social and economic
problems; neither do we promise long lasting economic vitality, community
stability, and environmental health.

We advocate the restructuring of public policy and development practices to
support the following principles: neighborhoods should be ethnocentric in
use and population; communities should be designed with the automobile in
mind, with a lesser emphasis on the pedestrian; cities and towns should be
shaped by laissez faire growth and amenities should be sufficiently
separated, so as to facilitate reliance on the automobile; sub-urban places
should be framed by architecture and landscape design that disregards local
history, climate, ecology, and building practice.

We represent a broad-based citizenry, composed of public and private sector
leaders, and multidisciplinary professionals, who are reaping the temporary
benefits of sub-urban sprawl.  We are committed to clear-cutting forests and
replacing them with asphalt and standardized "big box" buildings, to facilitate
the loss of local identity and community.

We dedicate ourselves to the decline of our homes, blocks, streets, parks,
neighborhoods, districts, towns, cities, regions, and environment.

Kenny Craft, Birmingham AL

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