Carol Coletta, GOOD, August 20, 2009

Model of a city of the future from the 1939 New York World's Fair.

Model of a city of the future from the 1939 New York World's Fair.

Attach the word “urban” to almost any ill, and what is bad becomes worse. Urban poverty is worse than poverty. Urban crime is worse than crime. It must follow that urban neighborhoods are worse than just neighborhoods, right?

Wrong. In fact, really wrong. But you would hardly know it unless you looked closely at reality.

Another article about the advantages of urbanism in terms of personal wellbeing, environmental health and national security. Coletta points to the origins of auto-dependant suburban dream in the ‘Futurama‘ utopianism of the 1939 World’s Fair. Check out Coletta’s radio program, ‘Smart City‘.