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

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Macmillan, Sep 14, 2010 - Social Science - 256 pages
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For a decade, Suburban Nation has given voice to a growing movement in North America to put an end to suburban sprawl and replace the last century's automobile-based settlement patterns with a return to more traditional planning. Founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk are at the forefront of the movement, and even their critics, such as Fred Barnes in The Weekly Standard, recognized that "Suburban Nation is likely to become this movement's bible." A lively lament about the failures of postwar planning, this is also that rare book that offers solutions: "an essential handbook" (San Francisco Chronicle).

This tenth anniversary edition includes a new preface by the authors.

 

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This book was incredible valuable and fascinating to me, not only because of my passion for planning, but because of the accessible layout of it all. Pictures, specific studies of metropolitan regions ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
INTRODUCTION
THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS
THE HOUSE THAT SPRAWL BUILT
HOUSING
THE PHYSICAL CREATION OF SOCIETY
THE AMERICAN TRANSPORTATION MESS
SPRAWL AND THE DEVELOPER
HOW TO MAKE A TOWN
WHAT IS TO BE DONE
SUBURBAN NATION
APPENDIX B THE CONGRESS FOR THE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
SOURCES OF ILLUSTRATIONS
Notes

THE VICTIMS OF SPRAWL
THE CITY AND THE REGION

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About the author (2010)

Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk lead a firm that has designed more than 200 new neighborhoods and community revitalization plans, most famously, Seaside, Florida.

Jeff Speck is director of town planning for the firm.

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