Thursday, March 16, 2006

Running for the borders . . . of Cuyahoga County

The population of Cuyahoga County is diminishing, while the surrounding counites, like Geauga, Medina, and Lorain, are growing. The exodus continues beyond the suburbs to the exurbs, like Avon Lake, Medina, and Chesterland. See the Cleveland Plain Dealer article here.

Everyone should read David Brooks' book "On Paradise Drive," which talks about the growth of the exurbs. The book is a foil (although not as well-researched and academic) to the recent critical work of Dolores Hayden of Yale.

Although many architects, planners, and committees, talk of density, programmatic and cultural diversity, less square footage, and public transportation, many Americans do not. See this article, again in today's Plain Dealer, talking about the rejection of a Hope VI housing plan for poorer, but resurgent areas of Cleveland, Tremont and Ohio City.

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