Congested roads. Crumbling parking lots. Vacant strip malls. These are just some of the challenges that suburbs across the country are facing today. What do you do with all of the vacant retail and office space? How do you make people less dependent on cars and more active? Architect June Williamson is an active voice for more mixed-use developments that create a more efficient and connected suburbia. This vision creates a 15-minute suburb where basic amenities and activities are walkable, and spaces bring people together rather than dividing them with physical walls and large cement lots.


  • June Williamson, architect, associate professor or architecture, City College of New York, co-author, Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Strategies for Urgent Challenges.

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