"Metro towns aren’t self-reliant. Their fates have been tied to the fates of the towns they touch for decades. That interconnection works now because gasoline is cheap. What happens to a metro town when travel from one part to another is no longer easy and frequent, no longer something that can happen daily or hourly? What happens when the parts of a metro can no longer rely on the direct support of all of the others but are still on the hook for funding shared systems? What happens to the city at the metro’s heart when it can no longer count on the social support, the financial investments, and the intellectual capital of people who actually live elsewhere?"
Maggie Koerth-Baker, author of Spread Reckoning: U.S. Suburbs Face Twin Perils of Climate Change and Peak Oil