13 Apr '12, 11am

War of the ’burbs: The “war on suburbia” is a hoax

War of the ’burbs: The “war on suburbia” is a hoax

Images by Phill.D and Walmart. “California Declares War on Suburbia,” blared the headline from The Wall Street Journal this week. Quick, kids! To the bunker! The bomb thrower of the hour was Wendell Cox, a vociferous libertarian opinionater who has made a career of defending America’s suburban status quo. His target: state legislation aimed at curbing greenhouse gases and stemming the tide of suburban sprawl. “California has declared war on the most popular housing choice, the single family, detached home,” he shrieked, “all in the name of saving the planet.” Saving the planet? What. Ever. Gimme my McMansion in the ’burbs and a nice little doomsday condo . The rest of y’all can go to hell. If Cox’s (and the Journal ’s) aim was to give us all a little comic relief, they succeeded. Josh Stephens wrote a fantastic – and gut-bustingly funny – point-by-point rebuttal called, “W...

Full article: http://grist.org/cities/war-of-the-burbs-the-war-on-subur...

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