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New American Suburbia

The New American Suburbia is a framework proposed through the Green New Deal. Today, half of the country lives in a suburb and the average single-family household has a carbon footprint of 80 metric tons, while a household in Manhattan releases 32 tCO2e. The absurdly high carbon emissions are a product of the car-centric nature of the suburban layout as well as low permeability, large land occupancy, excess storage space, the culture of mass consumerism, the strip mall anchor, and the non-communal society. The idea of radically retrofitting suburbia through local interventions could set up the new (and sustainable) American Dream. By reinventing the way suburbs exist today, an increasingly economically diverse population with a multiplicity of ownership models, and with the capability of living in a 20-minute-walking shed could be a reality. The New American Suburbia will seek to eradicate the racist anti-Black laws that permitted suburbia to develop as a white phenomenon in postwar America. Since one of the main problems with suburbia today is the monotony and the replicated elements across the country, all suburbs should have interventions determined at the local level.