Every year Money Magazine
publishes a list of communities under 500,000 population that it deems the "Best places to live
," based on the following factors
- Cost of Living
- Economic opportunity
- Fun (aka amenities)
- Health & safety
- Housing market
- Income & personal finances
- Quality of life
The 2021 Best Places to Live
list strongly leans to sprawl and automobile dependence, even if many of the communities on the list, like Franklin, Tennessee (#3), are more traditional towns with a Main Street like core.
And Boise, a larger city with a nice core, is #10--it's the rare example of a state capital that is actually nice.
"Ashburn" Virginia is listed as #5. Is that a community or just a sprawl of subdivisions? Same with Syracuse, Utah (#6), South Jordan, Utah (#27) or Mission Viejo, California (#48).
These places are textbook examples of the sprawl land use and transportation planning paradigm. (Even though Mission Viejo is gross, it is Southern California!)
For me, I'd be much more interested in the neighborhoods identified in the lists that were once published
by This Old House Magazine
. Sadly, they stopped publishing this feature in 2014.
Labels: car culture and automobility, Suburban Sprawl Growth Machine, urban vs. suburban