Cities Will Save the Planet and Suburbs Are Racist

If we want to survive as a species, we will have to live in massive mega-cities. Living at one with nature is just crap idealism from the past, and the suburbs are nothing more than archaic residue of racist white flight patterns. So says futurist-environmentalist Van Jones. He isn't afraid to piss people off, and speak the unspeakable, and you can see him at his best in a recent interview.

In the interview, Jones said:

The future of all humanity, and most species and systems, will be determined by what we choose to do with cities. The idea that the environment is about critters and creeks is a thing of the past. We have to be thinking about these things in terms of consumption and disposal processes of mega-cities.


He added:

Sprawl is a response to racial fear and anxiety on the part of white elites. The 'burbs were designed as a vehicle to get away from people of color, investing more in the white infrastructure as they moved away from the city, and the neighborhoods where people of color live.

Does that mean the only environmentally-sound, antiracist thing for whites to do is move back to the inner cities. Yes, it does.

Interview with Van Jones [Alternet]