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The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream

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Americans are voting with their feet to abandon strip malls and suburban sprawl, embracing instead a new type of community where they can live, work, shop, and play within easy walking distance. In The Option of Urbanism visionary developer and strategist Christopher B. Leinberger explains why government policies have tilted the playing field toward one form of development over the last sixty years: the drivable suburb. Rooted in the driving forces of the economy—car manufacturing and the oil industry—this type of growth has fostered the decline of community, contributed to urban decay, increased greenhouse gas emissions, and contributed to the rise in obesity and asthma.

 

Highlighting both the challenges and the opportunities for this type of development, The Option of Urbanism shows how the American Dream is shifting to include cities as well as suburbs and how the financial and real estate communities need to respond to build communities that are more environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable.

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Highlighting both the challenges and the opportunities for urban development, The Option of Urbanism shows how the American Dream is shifting to include cities as well as suburbs and how the financial and real estate communities need to respond to build communities that are more environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable.

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About the Author

Christopher B. Leinberger is a developer, professor, consultant, and author whose work has focused on making progressive development profitable. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution and is director of the Graduate Real Estate Program at the University of Michigan. He is a founding partner of Arcadia Land Company, a progressive real estate development firm, and has written award-winning articles for publications such as The Atlantic Monthly and The Wall Street Journal.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

 

Chapter 1. Futurama and the Twentieth-Century American Dream

Chapter 2. The Rise of Drivable Suburbia

Chapter 3. The Standard Real Estate Product Types: Why Every Place Looks Like Every Place Else

Chapter 4. Consequences of Drivable Sub-urban Growth

Chapter 5. The Market Rediscovers Walkable Urbanism

Chapter 6. Defining Walkable Urbanism: Why More is Better

Chapter 7. Unintended Consequences of Walkable Urbanism

Chapter 8. Achieving the Next American Dream: Leveling the Playing Field and Implementing Walkable Urbanism

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597261364
Author:
Leinberger, Christopher
Publisher:
Island Press
Author:
Leinberger, Christopher B.
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Cities and towns
Subject:
Growth
Subject:
U.S. Architecture - General
Subject:
Planning
Subject:
Sustainable development -- United States.
Subject:
City planning -- United States.
Subject:
Public Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies City Specific
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
34 illustrations
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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