I phrase this title so contentiously due to a recent entry of John and Sherry Petersik’s Richmond-area blog “This Young House.” Their entry, Burning Question: Cul De Sacked?, set off a plethora of responses split vigorously between two ideals. Virginia lawmakers are talking of not allowing developers to create communities with cul-de-sacs. And, reading the divided responses is fascinating. There is an obvious split of urbanites and suburbanites, not simply based on preferences for grids vs. winding roads, but based on deeper held ideals. From reading the responses, suburbanites held up ideals of quiet and safe neighborhoods brought about by low-trafficked roads and cul-de-sacs. Urbanites, on the other hand, were waving flags of protest due to sprawl, sustainability, and social segregation.
Do you classify yourself as an urbanite or suburbanite? What do you uphold as some of your core ideals and why? Oh, and, if you don’t mind, also list your generation (Y, X, Baby Boomer, Silent, Greatest…).