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Duany, Andres.(Author).
Plater-Zyberk, Elizabeth.(Added Author). Speck, Jeff.(Added Author).

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  • ISBN: 0865476063 (pbk)
  • Physical Description: xiv, 293 p. : ill., maps ; 20 x 20 cm.
  • Edition: 1st paperback ed.
  • Publisher: New York : North Point Press, 2001.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-280) ... Read More
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What is sprawl, and why? -- The devil is in the ... Read More
Subject: Urbanization > United States.
Suburbs > United States.
Community development, Urban > United States.
Urban renewal > United States.
Urban policy > United States.

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Suburban Nation : The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
Suburban Nation : The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
by Duany, Andres; Plater-Zyberk, Elizabeth; Speck, Jeff
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Suburban Nation : The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream

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.

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