How Cities Work Suburbs, Sprawl, and the Roads Not Taken

ISBN-10: 0292752407
ISBN-13: 9780292752405
Edition: 2001
Authors: Alex Marshall
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Description: Do cities work anymore? How did they get to be such sprawling conglomerations of lookalike subdivisions, megafreeways, and "big box" superstores surrounded by acres of parking lots? And why, most of all, don't they feel like real communities? These  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 269
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Do cities work anymore? How did they get to be such sprawling conglomerations of lookalike subdivisions, megafreeways, and "big box" superstores surrounded by acres of parking lots? And why, most of all, don't they feel like real communities? These are the questions that Alex Marshall tackles in this hard-hitting, highly readable look at what makes cities work. Marshall argues that urban life has broken down because of our basic ignorance of the real forces that shape cities-transportation systems, industry and business, and political decision making. He explores how these forces have built four very different urban environments-the decentralized sprawl of California' Silicon Valley, the crowded streets of New York City' Jackson Heights neighborhood, the controlled growth of Portland, Oregon, and the stage-set facades of Disney' planned community, Celebration, Florida. To build better cities, Marshall asserts, we must understand and intelligently direct the forces that shape them. Without prescribing any one solution, he defines the key issues facing all concerned citizens who are trying to control urban sprawl and build real communities. His timely book will be important reading for a wide public and professional audience.

Introduction: The Sex of Cities
A Tale of Two Towns
Kissimmee versus Celebration and the New Urbanism
The End of Place
The Deconstructed City
The Silicon Valley
Trading Places
The City and the Suburb
Jackson Heights
An Anachronism Finds Its Way
The Master Hand
The Role of Government in Building Cities
Portland and Oregon
Taming the Forces That Create the Modern Metropolitan Area
No Place Called Home
Community at the Millennium
Conclusion: Getting There
Building Healthy Cities
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected References
Index

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