In this Vox episode of Almanac, Phil Edwards explains why so many suburbs look the same. Principally, the advent of federal financing, the cul-de-sac, cars, and other policies changed the paradigm.

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.