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    Article: Garreau V Duany

    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    I think the “contrived” conflict is just that. As the formal planning evolves we as planners continue to learn – about our environment, economics, social issues, politics – and we continually add to our professions knowledge base. The problem with planning is there can never be a perfect final state. The environment will continue to change, the economy will continue to change, our social structure will continue to change, technology will continue to change and our politics will continue to change. As a result we need to keep learning and adjusting our theories and practices to keep up. In some cases that might include taking experimental risks that may or may not be successful.

    In the 1950 expanding cities into under-utilized rural areas made sense from a 1950’s point-of-view. Looking at it from a 2010 point-of-view it doesn’t. In 2010 creating TOD nodes makes a lot of sense, but by 2050 it may not. By 2050 there may be a whole new paradigm that we need to deal with. We can look back at the past and learn from it, but we can’t go back and recreate it unless we also recreate the environmental, economic, social, technological and political situation that accompanied that period.

    I see places like Seaside as important experiment that teach us a lot about how we can be building communities in the future. In some case its showing us positive models and in other cases it’s showing us things to avoid. If we didn’t have Seaside available for us to study it would be a lot more difficult to understand many of those things.

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    I think Edge City is an important book and really appreciate the points you make in your post. I think one thing missing from Edge City is the economic criteria that is discussed in cultural and geographic shifts as discussed in Richard Florida's Great Reset. I think both bring up the point that urbanized nodes create efficient systems of commerce, energy/environment, and culture. One thing that is disturbing to me that is prevalent in both is the idea of engineered or created urbanism, especially in relation to culture and community presence. Its been something I have focused in my own writings on www.thetysonscorner.com

    It's very interesting as a resident to see the changes occurring both in my vicinity but also in the lifestyle of those who live in farther suburbs. Many people have hit an inflection point of decision which I believe is the beginning of a geographic shift which will be accelerated by rising fuel cost, lack of suburban jobs, and a general sense of isolation. I'd love you hear your thoughts on the latest occurrences specifically in Tysons Corner.

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