Our family just came back from a week in Whistler, admittedly a village of commercial intentions. Even there, there is pressure to sprawl and suburbs – but you can walk through the heart of the village because it was intended to be ski-able from one end to the other. But I thought even of our own flat spread out city, versus Whistler, which is confined by the mountains around it. As expensive as it is, the thoughts of living in that very human-proportioned space was constant.
Another stunning talk from TED.com that I get through Miro; heres a link to the TED site and the Kunstler talk on suburban wastelands and good design of urban spaces.