|Rendering of the Bridge Street District|
Today we're on the topic of transportation. The focus for this post is on what transit will look like in the new suburbia. This is subject Leigh Gallagher considers in her recent article for City Lab, "what Transit Will Actually Look Like in the New Suburbia Or, why we should fall in love with ride-share, buses, and walking." As the rest of America takes on the character defining features of Manhattan, New York, Ms. Gallagher observes that much of this transformation is taking place in the car-dependent suburbs. As developers tout walkability as a way to create a sense of community and access the vibrant "Main Street environments," the car is still necessary for commutes to work and any substantial errands. Kenneth T. Jackson writes in Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States, "in many of these new developments, you can buy milk, an ice cream , and a great cup of coffee, but can't buy a buy a mattress." Obviously, Mr. Jackson didn't consider online shopping for mattresses. The bottom line is, most of the suburban households still need a car or two.
|Aerial view of Bridge Street District|
|Casto Apartments rendering|
|Google Chrome loge|
|Bridge Park West Down Park Avenue|
|Washington Metro Rail car|
To borrow a phrase from Robert A.M. Stern, "suburbs are like cholesterol: there are good ones and bad ones." While we have more bad suburbs, the good suburbs have a lot of offer including old-fashioned urban DNA and a plethora of public transit. Will Silverman, senior managing director at Savills Studley in Manhattan, enthusiastically predicts that inner-ring transit is going to be the next big thing because it has already emerged as a separate entity from car-centric suburbs. This is occurring in places like Forest Hills, Riverdale, and Douglaston, Queens and inner suburbs such as Pelham, Hastings-on-Hudson and Bronxville. All of this leaves one to wonder, what will happen to the private car?
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