Option of Urbanism Investing in a New American Dream

ISBN-10: 1597261378

ISBN-13: 9781597261371

Edition: 2007

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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 Urbanismvisionary 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 Urbanismshows 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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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 7/6/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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 asThe Atlantic MonthlyandThe Wall Street Journal.

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Preface to the Hardcover Edition
Introduction
Futurama and the 20th-Century American Dream
The Rise of Drivable Sub-Urbia
The Standard Real Estate Product Types: Why Every Place Looks Like Every Place Else
Consequences of Drivable Sub-Urban Growth
The Market Rediscovers Walkable Urbanism
Defining Walkable Urbanism: Why More is Better
Unintended Consequences of Walkable Urbanism
Achieving the Next American Dream: Leveling the Playing Field and Implementing Walkable Urbanism
Notes
Index
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