Story of Suburbia (How the #@%! did we get here?)
I wrote a short synopsis on how suburbia was formed, why your family has a car, and why its filled with nicks and knacks.
@ijesuschrist, Radio electricity either looses energy over distance or it is too irratic to collect at the other end, or both, and telephone companies have been looking for a way to make it practical without success. Yes, even I know that, and I’m a dumbass compared to Tesla, hell Einstein was a dumbass compared to Tesla, just sayn…
@ijesuschrist, I just mean that he devoted so much time and effort to it, you think he would have anticipated something like the inverse square law before wasting time and money. Don’t you ever wonder what ideas he, or people like him, have come up with that has never seen the light of day? What is on lock-down in Area 51? Every bit of tech that has been called “U.F.O” had been described by Tesla, but any of the science he developed on it is conveiniently “non-existent”.
@ijesuschrist, It relates, it all relates. Look at the fact that the first automobiles were electric, if we kept to that trend imaging the tech we would have now in that area. Technology supressed for the sake of profit, as profit means power, means directing humanity to exploitation.
@trek79, Maybe man. maybe. Tesla’s idea was transmitting electricity via radiowaves through large antennae… he was smart enough to know that radiowaves bounce off the ionosphere. So he thought that it would be maybe efficient since they won’t really ever “disappear” out into space…
But, it still doesn’t efficiently charge your phone or anything. And the amount of radiowaves in the atmosphere needed to actually power things? In SANE amounts. I would feel much better with just the cell phone towers, rather than basically mini-suns blasting radiowaves 24/7 everywhere…
@ijesuschrist, There is already phenomenal amounts of radiation blasting us, I mean naturally, life on Earth evolved despite it. That is a big reason why going to other planets, or aliens coming here, could be a problem, the natural radiation levels or frequencies may be deadly. I know Tesla was working on ideas to tap into these natural radiation sources, to use them directly as a power source.
But anyway, back on topic. You may know about this http://www.ev1.org/
@ijesuschrist, Good read and a lot of very good points. America would be a lot better place if we even tried imploring some of the transportation systems of European cities. I went to Munich a few years back and was in awe of their underground train system. You could go ANYWHERE you wanted or be in walking distance of any point in the entire city. Heres a picture of the underground train system map in munich:
Sorry for the link, dont know how to post pics directly. Anyways they have added even more stops since, Ive heard. I dont remember ever having the need to even take a taxi in the 6 days I stayed there(even though I was out and about all day everyday to many different places). The roads had our typical 9pm traffic, all the time. It was peacefull and beautiful in so many ways.
Seattle(the city in which I live) doesnt even have a railway system, and the bus system is quite weak as well. America in general, needs to stop this obsession with cars. I’m a hypocrite I guess, because I own a car. But mostly out of sheer necessity, being all my daily stops are so far apart. I would have no problem with selling my car if I lived in a city with better transportation system.
Anyways, good read. I like the humor and info blend in your writings.
@yoinkie, Yeah, same with London. It was so amazing how you could just get on the train down the street and be anywhere in 30 minutes – anywhere. Not to mention an easy train to paris… Looks very similar to London’s Underground… They were trying to do that here, but the car prevailed.
I know San Fran has a pretty good one. And Atlanta was decent as well – however I noticed people wouldn’t take the tram system in atlanta for “Fear” reasons (mostly african americans).
Still neither are comparable to Europe…
@ijesuschrist, I just started reading your article, but it seems you have missed a crucial element of the suburban expansion!: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streetcars_in_North_America
@ijesuschrist, I actually just learned about this last semester (that’s how I know about it), but streetcars were a primary means of transportation during the very beginning of suburban growth. They were quickly phased out by the automobile, but they were the method of transportation that initiated the beginning of suburban growth.
@facets, Im by no means an expert in the field, however I think our “suburb” ideas are different. Perhaps you may be thinking of very near areas being designated suburbs (i.e. <15 minute drive). Then I would think that yes, these may have developed the suburbs.
However, when I'm speaking of suburbs in my article I'm talking about the suburbs that are at least 30 minutes away from central downtown - via freeway. A car is much faster than a bus, mind you (except in traffic).
Also, the current and common idea of the "American Suburb" doesn't really take off until post-WWII, at a time when most of the street cars were being disabled.
@ijesuschrist, Good shit. So relevant too. Anyone seen the music video by lil Wayne, once you go black you never go back? Nikki Minaj is in the video with her hair died blonde, acting like a ditsy white girl all over lil Wayne’s dick. This screams intentional racial tension. Or maybe imaginations are just that perverted these days which would no doubt be linked to this whole materialist, consumerist hivemind effect.
@ijesuschrist, I appreciAte, as always, your attempts to get conversations started on this site.
Your article mentions a lot of great different factors, but doesn’t really go into depth. Maybe use some concrete, case study examples?
I liked that you brought the racial element into it and you mentioned intentional lending to increase tensions – where did this happen? Which banks? I would hAve LOVED your article if it had given me that info.
@birdflyinghigh, The practice was called red lining.
I always have to choose whether to put too much information in (and risk people saying “TL:DR”) or too little information, and have people calling B.S.
Although wikipedia makes it out to seem that Red Lining was ONLY targeted AGAINST blacks (which basically wouldn’t allow blacks to leave the neighborhoods where they were concentrated)
But also they would, in some cases, lower the property values of houses as well as the lending and specifically pick out minority people to move into dominantly white neighborhoods, again this is where the term “There goes the neighborhood” comes from, because as soon as one minority moved into a respected white community, everyone knew the property values would fall, and fear of other things would set in…
Again… spurring the suburbia movement.
But I did add in the link within the article.