Suburban Prejudice

The prejudice against suburbs is widespread and ratified regularly, as for example, in a recent editorial in the Sacramento Bee about the future plans for Broadway, where the editorialist writes: “I remember when the thoroughfare barely survived the insult that is the elevated Capital City Freeway erected two blocks north in the late 1960s. Still, even in the shadow of the freeway, Broadway remains interesting and vibrant, not in the shiny new mall, suburban way but in a more authentic, urban edgy way.”

It is continued in another Bee editorial opposing the expansion of suburban Elk Grove, and it is this consistent and almost unconscious reaction to suburban housing that caused us to recognize a new critical issue (#6 of 6) suggest an approach, and adopt a new guiding principle

6) Continuing encasement of open space, restricting suburban community development upon which a sustainable tax base funding necessary public works is built, is contrary to sound future planning.

Our Approach: Suburban communities are where the overwhelming majority of American families wish to live, and the opportunity in our region for those communities to be built for the families who hope to live in them, is a shared supportive responsibility for those of us who presently enjoy our life in the suburbs and for those who hope to enjoy the suburban family lifestyle in the future.

Our Guiding Principle: The suburban lifestyle—as surrounds the American River Parkway—which is imbued within the aspirational center of the California Dream and whose vision is woven into the heart of the American Dream, is a deeply loved way of life whose sustainability we all desire.

(In more detail on our website news page in the August 8, 2011 press release):

We can see how upside down this prejudice against suburbs is in relation to the Parkway where those areas that are embraced by the suburbs—from Cal Expo to Folsom Lake—are authentically cozy, warm, and family centric, the very reason so many who only frequent that part of the Parkway refer to it as the crown jewel of the Sacramento region; while the areas bounded by downtown urban Sacramento and North Sacramento are much more urban and much more dangerous, decidedly not crown jewel status.

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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