A crash course in “Retrofitting Suburbia”

A crash course in “Retrofitting Suburbia”

“We tend to think that downtowns should be dynamic, and we expect that. But we seem to have an expectation that the suburbs should forever remain frozen in whatever adolescent form they were first given birth to. It’s time to let them grow up…”

Ellen Dunham-Jones, professor, architect, and author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, covers it all in her TED Talk on why and how communities around the country are transforming their suburban landscape. Nearby Silver Spring and Hyattsville are just some of the examples she mentions. And, while White Flint is not directly mentioned in the video, Dunham-Jones calls out a Friends of White Flint post on Pike & Rose on her Facebook page!

Check out the full video here.

Amy Donin


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