: It looks like I have submitted the first entry of the new centruy! Cool! Here is a subject that I've been pondering lately that we can talk about
: why do Amricans despise cities so much? It seems to me that most people would rather eat broken glass than live in an urban environment. And I'm not talking about LA or Atlanta, I'm talking about an URBAN environment, like North Beach in San Francisco or Greenwich Village in New York... dense, intense, mixed use, sustainable, vital, exciting urban environments.
One theory is that the suburban environment was seen as an escape from the horrors of the 19th century industrial city, with it's muddy streets full of horse dung and industrial pollution. This is valid to an extent, but those problems don't really exist any more.
Another theory is that Americans are obsessed with the fantasy of frontier life, and that we view our detached single family homes on the edge of town as our make-believe "little cabins in the woods."
The horrors of the old industrial city and the fantasy of frontier life are all distant cultural memories, though. Four or five generations of Americans now have lived their lives without ever experiening the 19th century indistrial city or life in the wild west. But we have all experienced the horrors of the 20th century auto suburb (breathing problems caused by crummy air, spending half of our lives in gridlock, 50,000 auto related deaths per year, etc), yet some people still cling to this way of life as if it is the key to eternal happiness.
What's the deal? Any ideas?