In a New York Times blog, Allison Arieff describes sprawl as a vicious cycle that generates homes ever further away from jobs, creating more traffic, and demanding more highways, which leads to more sprawl. "Everything in our culture today reinforces this idea of home as castle (or fortress) rather than home as part of a larger whole (i.e., neighborhood). We need to find our way to the latter view ... " There are some who want to perpetuate the status quo, but others are pursuing a new and more sustainable American Dream. "People who want another option will have a greater opportunity to live their own version of the American dream," she says.
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