Today I stumbled upon a great quote that resonates poignantly with me personally and my recent struggle with my anti-sustainable lifestyle. I discovered this quote, and more importantly, the credited author through architecture myningaplease, providing an entertaining view on serious issues in design and lifestyle.
What you actually do when you move out of a city is move into a car.
As our current living situation dictates, my daily commute towards the city occupies just under and hour each direction, and with The Wife currently exploring prospects of a career in the neighboring city of Syracuse, it does not appear likely that our reliance on the evil automobile will be slated in the near future. This concept is especially difficult when contrasted against our previous lifestyle of urban residence right after college. The quick commute and pedestrian lifestyle became very comfortable. But, our family is as American as the next, and love our storage space, sprawling property, and not having to park on the street. As we continue to peruse the housing market we search for compelling arguments that will drive our motivation to live more sustainably and reject the trappings of suburban America.
David Owen is a writer for multiple publications and author of many books, none of which I have ever read. His most recent, and the most personally attractive, is called Green Metropolis: Why living smaller, living closer, and driving less are the keys to sustainability. This one warrants and addition to my reading list if for no other reason than the cover features both images of buildings and bicycles.