Is suburbia killing us?

Here’s some interesting facts/statistics concerning Suburbia in America…  it’s from an advertisement for a book called “The Suburban Christian: Finding Spiritual Vitality in the Land of Plenty” by Albert Y. Hsu.

Here’s a few of the highlights:

  • Suburbia is not just families with kids: According to the 2000 census, only 27 percent of suburban households were married couples with kids, outnumbered by young singles and the elderly living alone.
  • The average American spends one hour and forty-one minutes in their car each day—a total of more than three weeks a year.
  • The more spread out a suburb, the higher the rates of obesity, high blood pressure and weight-related chronic illnesses, because we drive more and walk less.
  • Thirty years ago Americans had friends over to their homes fifteen times a year; today the figure is half that—just once every month and a half.

Check out the link for the rest.

So, here’s my question to all of you: what kinds of things could we specifically do (or not do) to roll back some of the destructive patterns that we see in Suburbia?

I know that for my family, we’re definitely working on that last one by trying to have people over regularly, and just trying to be around other people more.  It’s not some groundbreaking, earth-shattering change…  However, slowly-but-surely, I think that it could start to break down some of the walls that we’ve (subconsciously?) built up by being Suburbanites for so long…

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5 thoughts on “Is suburbia killing us?

  1. ok seriously. that book you mentioned is really good. i got it from the library after your posted about it…and i have to say its phe–nominal. i think people should read it.

  2. wait, is it cheating if your wife is backing up what you say?

    I don’t think it is suburbia that is killing us so much as the air conditioner… AC killed community, ended the regular practice of people sitting out on the front porch and forced us all inside during the summer. It also made us soft…

    but things need to change.

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