Something About South Jersey
Controversial Theses about South Jersey
some planners believe that suburbs like those in South Jersey were "designed
according to failed principles with flawed implementation,"1
most South Jerseyans live here because the suburbs are a comfortable, convenient,
pleasant place to live.
South Jerseyans simply don't
want to to live in the compact communities the planners want to squeeze
them into, that's what they left Philadelphia and Camden to get away from.
suburbanites everywhere, South Jerseyans don't want to give up the convenience
and comfort of their automobiles, although they'd be glad if other people
used public transit (see Jim Dunn's brilliant new book Driving
of the support for "anti-sprawl" measures is just a desire to preserve
the the benefits of "sprawl" for the current residents - closeness to the
city without congestion or crowding. This, of course, is typical
of "anti-sprawl" sentiment throughout the country, see "Suburban
Myth" by Esterbrook.
South Jerseyans have their piece of the American Dream, they would like
to protect the open space around them by stopping further development.
This is the
NIMBY syndrome - Not in My Back Yard.
may be our best source of political clout for limiting growth, but growth
can't realistically be stopped. Nor can much of it be channeled into
more compact housing in communities picked out by planners. Property
rights groups have a point: it is unfair to deny some people
the right to develop their property, while forcing other communities to
accept more than their share of growth. Not only is it unfair, it's
often politically impossible because the losers in this scheme are often
powerful and willing to fight back.
should look at the "Broadacre City" model as alternative to unrealistic