Check out this easily digestible article and 10 minute video by PBS on the car culture in the Phoenix suburbs and how the old "drive till you qualify" has hit many families hard. Complete with the stereotypical developer interview at the last 2 minutes.
I think this was done very well and just wanted to share it. It really sums up the problems with sprawl, not to be confused with suburbs, especially in car centric cities like Phoenix. To the non-planner this should explain well what the problem is and is always going to be, I just hope the non-planner isn't swayed by the fast-food version of the American Dream the developer is selling.
What I take away from this is; the mention of having to increase mass or public transit, which has been a hard sell, was mentioned. Maybe we all need to rethink this and take a different approach to first shorted car rides, provide for local options not requiring public transit until it is either more accepted or more available.
So.... is public transit the answer? Can we build bikeable or walkable neighborhoods that people actually WANT to bike or walk in or have somewhere to bike and walk and not just calling it walkable, bikeable, or the new buzz word "compact"?