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Selby Luis

Warren,

What is the American Planning Association's position on Boomburgs? AIA? Smart Growth? Can no one stand up to the developers of these uninspired, nature-wrecking, soul-sapping places?

Warren

Selby,

Good questions.

Since, they're so new, I think organizations are still trying to understand what constitutes a Boomburb and haven't yet passed judgment. It is telling that the APA is promoting the Boomburbs book on their website http://www.planning.org/APAStore/Search/Default.aspx?p=3680 but has not yet promoted our book, How Green is Your City? (New Society Press), though they said they would consider doing so.

Planetizen.com also had a posting from the authors back in 2003, who as far as I can tell never raise any sustainability related issues when writing about boomburbs, though a look at the Planetizen comments shows that the issue is begging to be addressed: http://www.planetizen.com/node/84

Knut Cunningham

Suburbs are pretty depressing. The pictures sum it all up! Luckily, humans are adaptable to almost anything...

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