Skip navigation
No more
Know more

Why the suburbs are depressing and awful, in two maps

If you walk or drive for one mile in the suburbs, you actually won’t get as far as if you travel for one mile in the city. How this is possible is shown in the two maps above. On the maps, points within one mile by street of the red star are highlighted in blue. The layout of suburban streets is less efficient than the grid typical in cities, making it difficult to get where you need to go on foot.

Thanks to the Sightline Institute, a research organization in Seattle, for sharing the above maps with Know More.

Max Ehrenfreund | February 26 at 2:14 pm
Know more: Where do you walk?
No more
Know more
100 kids start college. Here’s who finishes and why
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
Liberals trust the Times, conservatives trust Fox, and nobody trusts BuzzFeed
Ana Swanson
ADVERTISEMENT
No more
Know more
China is a lot wealthier than you think
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
The U.S. government weighs in on who in your house should be doing that next load of laundry
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
Chicago’s economy is bigger than Sweden’s, and other weird trivia about the enormous output of U.S. cities
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
America’s oil boom is visible from space
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
The surprising science behind the gorgeous colors of fall
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
The U.S. economy in emoji
Max Ehrenfreund
No more
Know more
Where Uber is hiring, in one map
Max Ehrenfreund
No more
Know more
Why you should put a ring on it: Nearly every U.S. city has too many single young men
Max Ehrenfreund