TransForum: Beyond Suburbia

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Suburbia and the Future of Federal Transportation Policy

Suburbia started as a bucolic vision of the American dream, but as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are emerging about the sustainability of this way of life. The End of Suburbia explores this vision and its prospects as the planet begins to experience climate change and approaches peak oil.  After we screen the film, Transportation for America organizer, Shannon Tracey, will lead a discussion on how past federal transportation bills led us towards suburbia and now the upcoming new bill could turn the tide on sprawl in favor of public transportation, walking, and biking.

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