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The option of urbanism : investing in a new American dream  Cover Image Book Book

The option of urbanism : investing in a new American dream / Christopher B. Leinberger.


"Americans are voting with their feet to abandon strip malls and suburban sprawl, and embrace instead a new type of community where they can live, work, shop, and play within easy walking distance. In The Option of Urbanism visionary developer and strategist Christopher B. Leinberger explains how government has favored 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 development 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 Urbanism shows 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."--Jacket.

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  • ISBN: 9781597261364 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 159726136X (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9781597261371 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 1597261378 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: xi, 207 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press, c2008.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-200) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
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.
Subject: Urbanization > United States.
Community development, Urban.
Suburbs > United States.
Cities and towns > United States > Growth.
City planning > United States.
Sustainable development > United States.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.


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Kirtland Community College Library HT 384 .U5 L45 2008 30775305455876 General Collection Available -

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