editorial     Apr 11 2012

Empathize, people!

Mapos LLC

I visited the “foreclosed” exhibit at MoMA recently and came away a bit perplexed and disappointed, but couldn’t put my finger on exactly why. Then I read this great review of that show by Felix Salmon. In an earlier post, I lamented the lack of empathy for exactly why millions of people choose to live in the suburbs. Salmon sums it up perfectly.

“Any honest attempt to fix the suburbs has to start with facing up to why so many Americans live in the suburbs in the first place, and who those Americans are. Suburban families are bigger than urban families; they like their space; and they like living in places where they’re a good distance from their neighbors and a long way indeed from people of other social classes.”