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As a film, The End of Suburbia is a blunt instrument. It hits you over the head with talking heads and huge amounts of info. But what it lacks in style, The End of Suburbia makes up in prescience.
An eye-opening and startling revelation about the mathematics of supply and demand of energy and its inevitable impact on our way of life. I urge everyone and anyone to see one of the most crucial documentaries ever made.
This movie made me re-think everything. A lot is going to change real soon. Most people aren't ready for it.
[font=Century Gothic]"End of Suburbia" is a hard hitting but simplistic and sensationalistic documentary about suburbia and America's dependence on oil. The movie only discusses the rise of the suburbs in general terms when in reality it came about through a complicated set of factors including the postwar baby boom, white flight and the affluent society that made it much easier for a family to own their own house. Whereas a lot of suburbs have sprawl and strip malls, others have viable downtowns like Huntingon and Port Jefferson on Long Island. And Robert Moses only rates a brief mention, instead of going deeper into his true role in the growth of the automobile society in New York.(The moral of the story is do not listen to an urban planner who never drove a car.) [/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Where I disagree most with the documentary is its doomsday scenario that an oil shortage will lead to a serious disruption in society. On the other hand, I think high gas prices can make us rethink how we use oil and other energy sources and there are ways we can start doing that right now with the first stop gap measure being a better investment in mass transit, followed by improving the national railroad infrastructure. And I would not dismiss the idea of alternative fuels, just yet. All of which should give us time to rebuild our communities along the lines of the New Urbanism suggested in the documentary. And after that, we can finally get around to collectivization.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]And don't blame the media again. The information is out there. You just have to know where to look. The real blame should go to Congress which is too obsessed with investigating professional sports to notice.[/font]
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