I really enjoy the sentiment of this article. Who wouldn't want to live in a neighbourhood organised around renewable energy, drone deliveries and driverless cars. The trouble is, all these things require enormous amounts of planning and technology doesn't wait for governments and private sector to get their acts together. I also think that we don't fully understand the unintended consequences of driverless vehicles and drones on lifestyles at home or at work. They are the superficial face of the future driven by AI, which will have far reaching consequences that as yet we barely comprehend. I'm optimistic about the future, I just think that drone ports will be the least interesting thing about it.
Yet millennial suburbanites want a new kind of landscape. They want breathing room but disdain the energy wastefulness, visual monotony and social conformity of postwar manufactured neighborhoods. If new suburbs can hit the sweet spot that accommodates the priorities of that generation, millennial habitats will redefine everyday life for all suburbanites, which is 70 percent of Americans. How can technology, revolutionary design and planning transform suburban living?