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“The Suburbs Will Die” – A Profile of Charles Marohn

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Kind of a deathly theme today …

Further to dead malls noted in The Daily Scotbelow, here’s a profile from Time on Charles Marohn, “a proud Republican … who’s trying to upend the suburbs as we know them.”

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The Suburbs Will Die: One Man’s Fight to Fix the American Dream

The “suburban experiment,” as he calls it, has been a fiscal failure. On top of the issues of low-density tax collection, sprawling development is more expensive to build. Roads are wider and require more paving. Water and sewage service costs are higher. It costs more to maintain emergency services since more fire stations and police stations are needed per capita to keep response times down. Children need to be bused farther distances to school. …

Marohn thinks this is all just too gluttonous. “The fact that I can drive to work on paved roads where I can drive fifty-five miles…

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