Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Musing on the American Dream

The American Dream has always been about the pursuit of freedom and happiness.  For a time, this could be achieved by purchasing a house with a white picket fence in the suburbs.  However, a combination of traffic congestion, land use policies, and rising automobile operations cost have eroded the freedoms afforded to suburban dwellers.  Now, many young people achieve their American Dream by living in the city and riding a bicycle.  This affords access to friends, recreation, arts, culture, and food not possible with an automobile-based suburban lifestyle.

In the 1950s-1990s, land use and transportation policy acquiesced to the pursuit of the American Dream.  The big challenge now is adjusting land use and transportation policy to support the pursuit of the American Dream.