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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, 2014 at 2:14 pm
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