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  •  The biggest adaptation (0+ / 0-)

    that must be made is a shift away from low-density suburban-style living and the automobile dependence that comes with it.

    The irony of the Republicans complaining about Democrats wanting to "force" them into eschewing automobiles and giving up their McMansion with a yard is that, in reality, current policies force the opposite.  The market screams that people want the former; otherwise, tract housing in far-flung suburbs would be insanely expensive.

    28, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 03:57:51 PM PDT

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    •  TDDV - but most people want a yard and more space (1+ / 0-)
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      If people could have the same land and space, closer to the city, for the same price they would jump at the chance. However, it is often much more expensive to have more living space and land closer in. There are tradeoffs, particularly for parents with children, regarding safe play and better schools.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 04:19:08 PM PDT

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    •  Well, we need to design developments so that most (1+ / 0-)
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      can easily walk or bike to the store, school, etc. I don't think that completely precludes suburban living, but it needs to be designed for the people and for conservation of energy rather than the most wasteful use of the auto.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 04:30:47 PM PDT

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      •  Right, we have a car centric suburbia (1+ / 0-)
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        The Big box stores, like Home Depot, they have to go.

        .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

        by Roger Fox on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 06:17:59 PM PDT

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        •  You beat me to it (0+ / 0-)

          the destruction of the mom n pop store by the big brand names is causing the problem.  They save the consumer a lot of money, but at what cost to the local communities and worker pay?

          Republican tax policies have led to financial conditions which have caused Republicans to demand cuts to programs they have always opposed.

          by AppleP on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 07:11:41 PM PDT

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        •  Well, we could morph into a hybrid of the current (0+ / 0-)

          system  with big box stores and small outlets in well designed residential areas or even with "hot-shot" delivery vans. This could bring back "mom/pop" entrepeneurship. Maybe. Or something.

          You can't make this stuff up.

          by David54 on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 08:18:32 AM PDT

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