Not really. For example, “an 8,500 square foot volume of cul-de-sac paving for four Northern-sized lots comes out to 40 percent more square feet of paving per house compared to the same lot on a straight street”. Grids are a much more efficient use of land, requiring less land per home than cul-de-sacs. Cul-de-sacs also are unfriendly to cyclists, since they interrupt the flow of streets and force more cars out onto the main roads, making the trip far more dangerous for cyclists.
Unfortunately, in the post WWII era, the American dream consisted of a house in the suburbs. This has led to suburban sprawl, an inefficient living situation that requires daily commutes by car to get anything. A much better approach to urban planning is either the grid system mentioned above by yzezzy or diverse small city centers located near communities. These allow people to have their immediate needs met without a long commute into the city. The city center should have a small grocery store, laundromat, hardware store, ect. Anything that meet people’s basic needs, saving them a commute to the nearest Wal-Mart.
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