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Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream

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A manifesto by America's most controversial and celebrated town planners, proposing an alternative model for community design.

There is a growing movement in North America to put an end to suburban sprawl and to replace the automobile-based settlement patterns of the past fifty years with a return to more traditional planning principles. This movement stems not only from the realization that sprawl is ecologically and economically unsustainable but also from a growing awareness of sprawl's many victims: children, utterly dependent on parental transportation if they wish to escape the cul-de-sac; the elderly, warehoused in institutions once they lose their driver's licenses; the middle class, stuck in traffic for two or more hours each day.

Founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk are at the forefront of this movement, and in Suburban Nation they assess sprawl's costs to society, be they ecological, economic, aesthetic, or social. It is a lively, thorough, critical lament, and an entertaining lesson on the distinctions between postwar suburbia-characterized by housing clusters, strip shopping centers, office parks, and parking lots-and the traditional neighborhoods that were built as a matter of course until mid-century. It is an indictment of the entire development community, including governments, for the fact that America no longer builds towns. Most important, though, it is that rare book that also offers solutions.

About the Author

Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk lead a firm that has designed more than 200 new neighborhoods and community revitalization plans, most notably Seaside, Florida. Jeff Speck is director of town planning for the firm.

Table of Contents

  1. What is sprawl, and why? --The devil is in the details
  2. The house that sprawl built
  3. The physical creation of society
  4. The American transportation mess
  5. Sprawl and the developer
  6. The victims of sprawl
  7. The city and the region
  8. The inner city
  9. How to make a town
  10. What is to be done
  11. Appendix A:The traditional neighborhood development checklist
  12. Appendix B:The congress for the new urbanism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865475571
Subtitle:
The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
Author:
Duany, Andres
Author:
Speck, Jeff
Author:
Plater-Zyberk, Elizabeth
Publisher:
North Point Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Planning
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
City Planning & Urban Development
Subject:
Metropolitan areas
Subject:
Urban policy
Subject:
Urbanization
Subject:
Urban renewal
Subject:
Suburbs
Subject:
Community development, Urban
Subject:
Suburbs and environs
Subject:
General Social Science
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
MF-467
Publication Date:
20010416
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 Illustrations, Appendixes, Bibliogra
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.02 x 8.08 x 0.83 in

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History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » General

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