After pondering about Peak Oil, and it’s potential effect, I’ve come to the conclusion that it may be a benefit to society. Fossil fuels have allowed mankind to build a fast moving society that although amazing, is ultimately unsustainable. With the end of fossil fuels perhaps we will transition to a simpler society that combines the best of both modern and time-tested technologies. I envision a future where suburbs end their role as “bedroom communities” and become actual communities where people utilize their low density for growing food. We do not need to tear down the suburbs to start over. Front lawns, backyards, and empty parking lots are places where urban farming can take place. The wide streets will be dominated by bicycles and buses. Intersections will be the site of new local businesses that serve their communities. Trains will return as a primary mode of regional transportation. These future suburbs could potentially foster new community interaction where neighbors will actually know their neighbors. Perhaps this form of localized community development will not be suitable for all parts of the United States. Suburbs built in the arid deserts are screwed. I’m focusing my thoughts on Orange County.