Synopses & Reviews
What makes a good neighborhood? Can one neighborhood be good for all people? Brower's study examines the variable image of the ideal residential area in contemporary and earlier writings, from utopian visions and popular media to historical records and the findings of social science research. Brower identifies four common ideal neighborhood types, each providing a distinct and specific residential experience that suits a particular way of life. He details the characteristics of each of these good neighborhoods, and argues that their coexistence in a single urban environment is not only possible, but desirable; it creates a healthy variety of residential areas that, together, suit the needs and desires of different urban dwellers. This absorbing and timely study will be of interest to scholars and professionals in urban studies, urban design and planning, environmental studies, environment psychology, and sociology.
Good Neighborhoods offers something for everyone...a useful reference to the planning practitioner and student, evoking new ideas and sicussing a multitude of old ones.APA Journal
[O]ne is left both enriched and desirous of more after reading this book by urban studies and planning professor Sidney Brower.... Good Neighborhoods will be useful to academics and professionals in urban design, neighborhood planning, environmental psychology, and sociology.... One mark of a good urban treatise is that it helps the reader conceptualize the city more fully than before while still allowing space to challenge some of the book's specific interpretations. On this account, Good Neighborhoods represents a worthwhile trek.Environment and Behavior
Examines the types of neighborhoods that people regard as good places to live and develops a typology for quality urban and suburban environments that are pleasing and workable.
About the Author
SIDNEY BROWER is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Maryland in College Park.