Dr. Pincetl wrote a new blog post for The Nature of Cities: “The Ironic ‘Nature’ of ExUrbia”
The curious thing about exurban housing outside of Los Angeles is that many of the dwellers of these far-flung places seek quiet and nature. They do not wish to live in the hustle and bustle of the city, the noisy, dangerous, populated city. Yet the transformation of nature they bring with them means they have urbanized the countryside. Such alienation from the city engenders changes far beyond the individuals themselves and raises questions about how to build better cities, more livable, humane and beautiful places such that there is less desire to transform our ever fragile and disappearing landscapes.