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I don't know how everyone else out there feels about sprawl but I sure hate it. I would bet that some of you hate it as well and that some of you might not hate it and maybe even some of you don't really care. But let me tell you, I hate sprawl with a freaking passion. I am a really down-to-earth kind of guy, and it takes a lot for me to get upset about something, but positively there is nothing in the world that I hate more than sprawl.

I hate having to get in my car and drive 15 minutes just to get anywhere. I hate having to wait at a red light. I hate when other cars blow exhaust fumes up in my face when I wait at the red light. If I were walking there wouldn't be a red light. I hate how freaking ugly most American cities are. I hate the millions of square miles of impervious ashpalt surface that we have laid all over the country. I hate wide roads and how freaking hot they are in the middle of summer. I hate how we have cleared thousands of forests and natural areas just to slap down our poorly designed cities. I hate how we have tremendously disinvested in our Architecture and how it seems that no one has a problem with that at all. I hate cars. I hate billboards. I hate driving. I hate highways. I hate parking garages. I hate convience stores, drug stores, drive-in hamburger joints, Dollar-trees, Walmarts, K-Marts, Targets, Best Buys, Circuit Citys, McDonalds, Burger Kings, strip malls, power centers, McMansions, vinyl siding, fake building materials, cars, car washes, tire shops, auto shops, car lots, parking lots, overly massive one-story buildings, compartimentalized monoculture urban environments, bad architecture, poor urban design, poor growth patterns, our dependance on oil, incongruant building materials and patterns, lack of consistancy, our poor eating habits, lazyness, complacency, patriotism when our cities look like ****, 1970's architecture, buildings with no windows, cities with no sense of place, sprawl. I hate that the US is the laughing stock of urban designers the world over.

I was never beaten as a child. But I imagine that if I was that would have caused a lot of pain in my life. That kind of pain is what I feel everytime I get in my car to go somewhere and look out my windows at this disaster of a country we have built.
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biscuitnote wrote:
I hate having to get in my car and drive 15 minutes just to get anywhere.


So, you'd rather live in the country? I live in a rural area and I have to drive 30min-2hrs to get to places I need to go, depending on where that is.
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HolyDrumstick wrote:


biscuitnote wrote:
I hate having to get in my car and drive 15 minutes just to get anywhere.


So, you'd rather live in the country? I live in a rural area and I have to drive 30min-2hrs to get to places I need to go, depending on where that is.


Well rural areas suck to but most people live in cities or suburbs.
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It sucks
Driving through anywhere in the Phoenix metro area is a pain
Posted 1/3/16
I understand watch ya mean. It takes me 20 minutes to go 2 miles here in San Diego. I had a boss in Japan who's bike time from home was the same as driving.
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I mostly hate how ugly and inefficiently planned everything is. I can't say we have sprawl where I live but there is severe urbanization that renders the same effect.

The island I live on is only 24 x 7 square miles yet it takes anywhere from an hour to three hours to drive from one end of the island to the next because of traffic. Lunch time is a nightmare because just about everyone is on the road getting food, going to the bank, or running errands. Anywhere there is a school the traffic slows to a crawl in the morning and when school lets out. There is garbage all over the place in the really urban areas and along the roadside everywhere else; hideous graffiti abounds (I'm talking swear words and threats to rival gangs here, I enjoy street art but this is no art).

I'd move to one of the other islands if the local infrastructure and public services were better.
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I find this topic somewhat laughable... Everything in the world and you're upset by red lights....
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Personally I've always found the fact so few cities are really willing to build up or down instead of out. I mean what's wrong with arcology?
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Calm down Tyler Durdan and don't start a fight club
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Posted 1/3/16 , edited 1/7/16
So this seems to be a rant about traffic and living in a big city. Still no idea what "sprawl" is though...
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In my opinion, I like the urban environment. Just not for driving in. That's why public transportation is a must in a crowded urban city. If you can avoid driving for awhile, avoid it. That's what I've done whenever I've gone to NYC. Not old enough to rent a car anyway, hahaha.
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eclair-lumiere wrote:

So this seems to be a rant about traffic and living in a big city. Still no idea what "sprawl" is though...


Sprawl is low density suburban development with no mass transit.
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animegirl2222 wrote:

In my opinion, I like the urban environment. Just not for driving in. That's why public transportation is a must in a crowded urban city. If you can avoid driving for awhile, avoid it. That's what I've done whenever I've gone to NYC. Not old enough to rent a car anyway, hahaha.


+ upkeeping car is expensive as heck.I will make do with public transport/cycling/walking being cheapskate that i am.^^
Posted 1/7/16

biscuitnote wrote:

I don't know how everyone else out there feels about sprawl but I sure hate it. I would bet that some of you hate it as well and that some of you might not hate it and maybe even some of you don't really care. But let me tell you, I hate sprawl with a freaking passion. I am a really down-to-earth kind of guy, and it takes a lot for me to get upset about something, but positively there is nothing in the world that I hate more than sprawl.

I hate having to get in my car and drive 15 minutes just to get anywhere. I hate having to wait at a red light. I hate when other cars blow exhaust fumes up in my face when I wait at the red light. If I were walking there wouldn't be a red light. I hate how freaking ugly most American cities are. I hate the millions of square miles of impervious ashpalt surface that we have laid all over the country. I hate wide roads and how freaking hot they are in the middle of summer. I hate how we have cleared thousands of forests and natural areas just to slap down our poorly designed cities. I hate how we have tremendously disinvested in our Architecture and how it seems that no one has a problem with that at all. I hate cars. I hate billboards. I hate driving. I hate highways. I hate parking garages. I hate convience stores, drug stores, drive-in hamburger joints, Dollar-trees, Walmarts, K-Marts, Targets, Best Buys, Circuit Citys, McDonalds, Burger Kings, strip malls, power centers, McMansions, vinyl siding, fake building materials, cars, car washes, tire shops, auto shops, car lots, parking lots, overly massive one-story buildings, compartimentalized monoculture urban environments, bad architecture, poor urban design, poor growth patterns, our dependance on oil, incongruant building materials and patterns, lack of consistancy, our poor eating habits, lazyness, complacency, patriotism when our cities look like ****, 1970's architecture, buildings with no windows, cities with no sense of place, sprawl. I hate that the US is the laughing stock of urban designers the world over.

I was never beaten as a child. But I imagine that if I was that would have caused a lot of pain in my life. That kind of pain is what I feel everytime I get in my car to go somewhere and look out my windows at this disaster of a country we have built.


thank you, you're not the only one dude, all that stuff I hate too, with a passion.
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Posted 1/7/16
Sounds like someone has a little hate in their heart....
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