Wednesday, August 13, 2014
While working as a transit advocate in Washington, D.C., author Ben Ross wondered why almost every new development or transit line was resisted by both conservatives and liberals in the D.C. suburbs. In researching the "why" of this resistance, he found that the mindset behind keeping only single family homes in the "burbs" is all about social status for its residents. He wrote a new book about this discovery called "Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism," and on this edition of Charlotte Talks he'll join us to talk abut this philosophy, which dates back to the 19th and early 20th centuries. We'll also be joined by local proponents of new urban planning to find out how this philosophy has played out in Charlotte, and whether this point of view is shifting as our city grows.
Ben Ross - Author of "Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism," and an environmental scientist
Shannon Binns - founder and executive director of Sustain Charlotte
Ben Collins - Vice President of Crescent Communities and on the board of director for the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association