Nate Silver from the always wonderful FiveThirtyEight political blog gave a fascinating TED talk about racism’s role in the 2008 election. Through the course of his speech, Silver recognizes the differing patterns of diversity in cities compared to rural areas and briefly talks about the benefits of the street grid in facilitating diversity. He raised one particular point that struck me: cul-de-sac development was, in Silver’s opinion, a contributing factor in the rightward shift of the nation’s politics in the 1980′s. While I’d need to see more information to back up this hypothesis, it is an interesting theory.
You can watch the full speech below:
We always say that it’s impossible to talk about transportation without talking about land use. Is it possible to talk about land use without talking about communities? How do you think the street grid or lack of it affects your community?