[Suburbia] Only Works If You Can Drive
Old people in the suburbs have a lot of problems when they can no longer drive. This isn’t just a personal problem, of course, as many drive past the time they should because they don’t have any other choices.
The generation that gave birth to suburbia and the two-car garage is reaching the age at which driving, for many, no longer seems like such a swell option. As Americans grow older — one in five will be 65 or older by 2030 — many are finding that the world that lured them away from city life is losing some of its appeal.
“The concern is that when they no longer can drive, they will find themselves trapped in their homes in suburban neighborhoods where there are no sidewalks, or, if there are sidewalks, there’s no place to walk to,” said Stewart Schwartz, executive director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth.
Growing old in surburbia creates a lose lose situation that hurts everyone. The myth of independence is defended at great cost and society loses contact with it elders. Ouch.