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

ISBN-10: 0865476063
ISBN-13: 9780865476066
Edition: 2001
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/16/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

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.

Andres Duany, along with Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, leads a firm that has designed more than 200 new neighborhoods & community revitalization plans, most notably, Seaside, Florida.

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, along with Andres Duany, leads a firm that has designed more than 200 new neighborhoods & community revitalization plans, most notably, Seaside, Florida.

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

Introduction
What Is Sprawl, and Why?
The Devil Is in the Details
The House That Sprawl Built
The Physical Creation of Society
The American Transportation Mess
Sprawl and the Developer
The Victims of Sprawl
The City and the Region
The Inner City
How to Make a Town
What Is to Be Done
The Traditional Neighborhood Development Checklist
The Congress for the New Urbanism
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Sources of Illustrations
Index

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