US suburbanization is a very slow Ponzi scheme though that has taken decades and decades to show itself since the 1950s.What you see at The Villages is a “fast-tracked” Ponzi scheme in timescales of just a few years – 3-4-5 year scales.
I want to like “Strong Towns”. Their media blitz is overwhelming and you get a lot of reading material.
It’s not a solution for poor cities and it ignores people.
It’s a fascinating SmartCity model — and I’ve seen many smart city models. But it comes down to having a city planning department, which isn’t really new.
I wanted to advocate for it but it lacks a necessary flexibility for income disparity.
There’s a bit of a taillight guarantee with development. I’m not against it in any deep way but there’s a lot of PT Barnum stuff that goes on in large scale real estate and local governments get roped in, so it ends up affecting entire areas having nothing to do with the developments. So that part bugs me.