NY Times columnist: Americans prefer sprawl

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward

“Amsterdam is a wonderful city, but Americans never seem to want to live there.”
— David Brooks in the New York Times

In his latest piece in the New York Times, columnist David Brooks opines that, while Americans might appreciate the finer points of Amsterdam’s urban life (like bikes and beer), they really would rather have their suburbs.

Citing the economic downturn and recent momentum of ideas about sustainable transportation and livability, Brooks writes:

The time has finally come, some writers are predicting, when Americans will finally repent. They’ll move back to the urban core. They will ride more bicycles, have smaller homes and tinier fridges and rediscover the joys of dense community — and maybe even superior beer.

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