Last week, before the Congress went into campaign holiday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced S. 3937: A bill to revitalize suburban communities”. This legislation begs the question, however, of whether suburbs were ever vital in the first place, or for that matter, whether they are communities.
Suburbs depend upon high use of energy for transportation, with most people living far away from where they work and where there are businesses that can supply them with their daily needs. People only walk in the suburbs when they want exercise, and even then, they often drive their cars to fitness stations where they walk on treadmills. Suburban residential areas take up a great deal of land that isn’t used for much other than ornamentation. Large lawns are an economic drain and provide low ecological value, being mowed down over and over again, and sprayed with poisonous chemicals to keep them looking artificially lush.
If suburbs aren’t vital, it’s because of their design. Why should the federal government intervene to keep their inflated inefficiency from petering out?