About The Blog
So, what’s the purpose of this blog? Well, simply to better understand Atlanta and cities like it, to increase the conversation about the future of these places, and to shed light on the creative solutions countering the negative aspects of our urban environments. But what is a “suburban city?”
From Merriam Webster…
City: A place where people live that is larger or more important than a town: an area where many people live and work.
Suburb: A town or other area where people live in houses near a larger city: a smaller community adjacent to or within commuting distance of a city.
A suburban city therefore is a metropolitan area in which the suburbs, especially those “other areas,” of a central city overwhelm the core of the metro area, not only in number of people, but in actually competing with the central city in terms of commerce, governance, and cultural significance.
These aren’t cities like New York or Chicago, or other large cities with dense populations and immaculate skylines. In the suburban city, ex- and suburban communities, satellite cities, and strips of civilization make up a much larger percent of the metro region than areas that can actually be considered urban. Essentially, the reverse of their dictionary definitions.
In the coming decades, cities like Atlanta will change in ways that are unprecedented in human history as urban populations continue to grow and shape their environments; the problems that currently exist in cities will intensify if left unchecked.
Now is a time of opportunity to address those issues and plan for their solutions, as well as to build upon and celebrate the already great aspects of our cities. This blog aims to do just that.
Candler Vinson is an Atlanta native, a writer, an Emory alumnus, and an environmentalist (yes, one of those). He has written for multiple groups and organizations around the globe to create compelling content. Candler has a passion for reporting on sustainability, environmental issues, agriculture, technology, and culture, and the points where they intersect.