Kunstler wrote more than 10 years ago: "The public realm of suburbia is impoverished. ..the public realm of suburbia is composed of parking lots, berms, planting strips, highway medians, and little else in the way of consciously embellished civic property. This is a problem because the public realm is the setting for our civic life, and where it exists in impoverished form, civic life suffers accordingly. The public realm is also the physical manifestation of the common good, and when you degrade and devalue it, as we do in suburbia, than you impair the ability of a group of people incorporated as a community to even think about the common good."
First question: Is thinking about the public realm markedly different in Red and Blue states? How and why is it different, or not?
Second question: Have the changes to America's public realm during our 60-year 'suburban experiment ' contributed to or accelerated a rightward political shift in America? If so, why?
Request: This thread is about perceptions about the character and importance of the Public Realm. Please do not mention specific politicians or political parties, but use the colors Red and Blue as a shorthand if necessary.