Grudging Burg

Cars on Fairmont going beneath underpass

Idlylic suburban So Cal Development

I just finished the bookThe Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles this morning.

This book is indispensible for understanding Southern California including San Diego.

It focuses on bicycles not at all, but I did find that it did relate in one way.

It seems that almost all development of any kind is blocked due to a conflicting number of groups and interests including home owners, developers, business owners, environmentalists, civic boosters, and advocates for the down trodden.

This seems to lock up almost any kind of a coherent plan which makes for things to be a messy hodge podge with little actual urban development in the sense that there are tall buildings, walkable grocery stores, and so on.

On the other hand, this kind of grid lock favors a certain type of development which is sprawl. There are many reasons for this, and the book goes into great detail, but suffice it to say that it seems like when everyone wants to maximize their own personal situation with no regards to any kind of central planning, one gets a hopeless mess.

Despite this, I came away with a renewed sense of optimism because it seems that as they color everything in, there is going to be a breaking point where the only new development is going to be infilling.

Also, I feel that over time, people will get smarter.

All ready the next generation seems to be more urban focused.

Busy garage

Ah, the lovely sounds and smells of suburban development

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