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Soc. 200
Journal: Suburban Lifestyle
The video "retrofitting suburbia" by Ellen Dunham elaborates on the importance of
retrofitting and methods that enhance the activity. According to Dunham, the need to retrofit
suburban areas stems from climate change, public health, and affordability considerations. In this
regard, Dunham states that the carbon footprint of individuals living in suburban areas is thrice
that of urban dwellers. Due to this factor, the video posits that urbanizing suburban regions is an
effective way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, Dunham states that suburban
regions have poor public health and are more costly due to high transportation costs, which
amount to 32% of yearly expenses affecting individuals in the regions (Dunham, 2010).
According to the video, demographic shifts also support the need for retrofitting since statistics
show that by 2025, seventy-five to eighty-five percent of households will not have children due
to underperforming asphalts and the desire to live urban lifestyles.
Additionally, the video elaborates on three retrofitting methods that will help in
enhancing the activity. These methods are re-inhabitation, re-greening, and re-development.
Dunham states that re-inhabitation is transforming dead places to incorporate people by
employing renovations such as painting. Re-development is constructing new structures to
replace the old and re-greening is undertaking steps that focus on creating better ecological
conditions (Dunham, 2010). However, the video explains that retrofitting faces systematic
planning and architectural design quality challenges.
The video also utilizes key terms such as retrofitting, third places, underused parking lots,
and re-development. Retrofitting is modifying or adding new features to old structures, such as
transforming a dead mall into an art space. Alternatively, third places are locations away from

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home and work, which support community building and allow people to hang out. For example,
establishing a restaurant in Arizona's L-shaped shopping center helped to create a third place for
community members. Underused parking lots, also known as underperforming asphalts, are
parking spaces that have the ability to create more revenue through the creation of alternative
structures but are not being utilized in the right manner. According to Dunham, such places
reduce the space for development and lead to demographic shifts in suburban areas. Lastly, as
the name suggests, re-development is the process of developing something again or demolishing
the old and creating new structures (Dunham, 2010). An example of redevelopment is the
transformation of the 100-acre Belmar mall into twenty-two urban blocks, two public parks, and
public streets.
After visiting a suburban region, my observations and experiences were that these areas
have low development, single-family homes, and lack of activity centers. In this regard, the
suburban region had low development since most parts contained residential structures.
Moreover, the region was filled with single-family homes, which means that every family has a
separate structure from the other family. Therefore, the region had very few tall buildings and
occupied a large piece of land to incorporate all families. Additionally, the area lacked activity
centers due to the high concentration of homes. The factor causes high transportation costs since
people in these regions have to travel long distances to shop or seek essential amenities.
After the visitation, life is obviously different in the suburban compared to living in a city
like Washington D.C. The difference arises from the fact that city dwellers have easier access to
supermarkets, healthcare facilities, banks, and other important community institutions.
Furthermore, cities have multi-family apartment buildings that house people from different
families. However, living in the city exposes a person to many activities that arise from the

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Soc. 200 Journal: Suburban Lifestyle The video "retrofitting suburbia" by Ellen Dunham elaborates on the importance of retrofitting and methods that enhance the activity. According to Dunham, the need to retrofit suburban areas stems from climate change, public health, and affordability considerations. In this regard, Dunham states that the carbon footprint of individuals living in suburban areas is thrice that of urban dwellers. Due to this factor, the video posits that urbanizing suburban regions is an effective way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, Dunham states that suburban regions have poor public health and are more costly due to high transportation costs, which amount to 32% of yearly expenses affecting individuals in the regions (Dunham, 2010). According to the video, demographic shifts also support the need for retrofitting since statistics show that by 2025, s ...
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