America of the Future

I spend a lot of time thinking about the problems outlined in this cartoon. Concentrating prosperity into just a few ever-growing cities seems ridiculous and unsustainable. Having just traveled from Austin to San Francisco and back, it’s interesting to compare how this dynamic is playing out in both places. At least SF has the BART. But in both of these tech hubs, affordable housing is being pushed farther and farther out — and not everyone wants to be a commuter.

Related reading: James Howard Kunstler’s The Geography of Nowhere.


  • John Giusto

    Hey Jen! Slam dunk of a cartoon. Being from SF and Austin I can really feel the pain. Just know that there are functioning models of habitation that aren’t as despondency inducing. Even over the border in central Mexico has a living tradition of building cities/towns/villages. Hope is not lost. Aim high, we deserve better. It’s cheaper than they say.

  • neroden

    Hmmm. Is it unsustainable? I look back at the Industrial Revolution, when for nearly 100 years prosperity was concentrated in London, to the detriment of, basically, the entire world. That was very sustainable and only really stopped with World War One.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.