Posted mostly for Martin, but this is something which concerns all of us.
I live in the country, and I don't mind it. I love the life of the city itself. I find the suburbs depressing. Kunstler has just articulated why, and done so far better than I could. Oh, and it seems somewhat appropriate that his name is the German word for "artist".
EDIT: This second video is about design in general, but the end explains revolutionary city design. Utterly brilliant, in my opinion.
EDIT 2: Unfortunately, these grand plans have been scrapped. Here's an overview of why.