Urbanism and its absence
When people are asked where they prefer to live, small towns is what they say. The small towns of their memories were compact places where Main Street had buildings entered from sidewalks, streets could be safely walked across, parking lots were absent or discretely placed, and people could see their neighbors. This hospitable-scale was characteristic of good city neighborhoods as well. But in recent decades small towns, cities, and suburbs have morphed into something very different--looking nothing like the American dream.