Sprawling From Grace

1hr 21min | 2008
SPRAWLING FROM GRACE explores the ravages of American suburban sprawl, what America has lost as a result, and the perils we face if we don't change the way in which we build our cities. Americans have been lulled into a false sense of security by cheap energy that has allowed us to spread endlessly into our landscape. We are trapped behind the wheels of our automobiles. With the demand for oil out pacing the Earth's ability to supply it, this suburban living arrangement will fail. America's love affair with the automobile is unsustainable and, like Nero, we are fiddling away, confident that tomorrow will be as promising as today. The wake up call is coming.

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Topics: Environment, Suburban, America, Cars, Energy, Sustainability, Automobile
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Road Ready
Road Ready
May 20, 2012
I was born in Germany of an American Father and a German Mother. Because of my fathers job I spent at least 80% of my fist 18 years in Germany and Italy. I never really experienced suburbia until we came back to the U.S. permanently when I was 18. I have wondered ever since how long it would take America to see the fallacy of their ways with the automobile, public transportation and land use planning. This film, 40 years later, gives me some measure of hope that America has reached a tipping point and may finally start putting a lot more thought into their quality of life. One thought to leave you with is: Germany has a land mass the size of Minnesota and yet it supports 80 million people with a high level of quality of life.
Daniel Keough
Daniel Keough
March 24, 2012
What a great film! "We have ignored humanity in the building of our places and our public spaces for the past forty years." --it's time to rethink our cities, who they are developed for, and how we are to move around.