Freakonomics Investigates Suburbia

Urban experts weigh in on the future of the suburbs.
August 13, 2008, 2pm PDT | franny.ritchie
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The Freakonomics blog on, inspired by the book of the same name, uses economic theory to investigate non-traditional questions. In this post, the blog becomes a forum for a panel of urban experts to expound on their vision of the suburbs forty years from now.

"We gathered up a group of smart people - James Kunstler, Thomas Antus, Jan Brueckner, Gary Gates, John Archer, Alan Berube, and Lawrence Levy." Kunstler delivers his standard "apocalyptic utopianism," but while the rest agree that the suburbs of the future will look very different, each has their own take.

Thanks to Franny Ritchie

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Published on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 in Freakonomics (Opinion) on The New York Times
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