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The Resource Dead end : suburban sprawl and the rebirth of American urbanism, Benjamin Ross

Dead end : suburban sprawl and the rebirth of American urbanism, Benjamin Ross

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Dead end : suburban sprawl and the rebirth of American urbanism
Title
Dead end
Title remainder
suburban sprawl and the rebirth of American urbanism
Statement of responsibility
Benjamin Ross
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "More than five decades have passed since Jane Jacobs wrote her classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and since a front page headline in the New York Times read, "Cars Choking Cities as 'Urban Sprawl' Takes Over." Yet sprawl persists, and not by mistake. It happens for a reason. As an activist and a scholar, Benjamin Ross is uniquely placed to diagnose why this is so. Dead End traces how the ideal of a safe, green, orderly retreat where hardworking members of the middle class could raise their children away from the city mutated into the McMansion and strip mall-ridden suburbs of today. Ross finds that sprawl is much more than bad architecture and sloppy planning. Its roots are historical, sociological, and economic. He uses these insights to lay out a practical strategy for change, honed by his experience leading the largest grass-roots mass transit advocacy organization in the United States. The problems of smart growth, sustainability, transportation, and affordable housing, he argues, are intertwined and must be solved as a whole. The two keys to creating better places to live are expansion of rail transit and a more genuinely democratic oversight of land use. Dead End is, ultimately, about the places where we live our lives. Both an engaging history of suburbia and an invaluable guide for today's urbanists, it will serve as a primer for anyone interested in how Americans actually live"--
  • "A witty, readable, and highly original tour through the history of America's suburbs and cities to uncover the human impulses that keep sprawl spreading"--
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DLC
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Ross, Benjamin
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HT352.U6
LC item number
R67 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Suburbs
  • Cities and towns
  • Urbanization
  • Traffic flow
  • Land use
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
  • HISTORY / United States / State & Local / General
  • Cities and towns
  • Land use
  • Suburbs
  • Traffic flow
  • Urbanization
  • United States
Label
Dead end : suburban sprawl and the rebirth of American urbanism, Benjamin Ross
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Escape from the suburbs -- The strange birth of suburbia -- Planners and embalmers -- Government-sponsored sprawl -- Ticky-tacky boxes -- Jane Jacobs versus the planners -- Saving the city -- The age of the Nimby -- Spreading like cancer -- The war of greed against snobbery -- A new thirst for city life -- Backlash from the right -- The language of land use -- Breaking new ground -- The politics of smart growth -- Democratic urbanism -- Affordable housing in an ownership society -- On track toward liveable cities
Control code
859384133
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
vi, 249 pages
Isbn
9780199360147
Lccn
2013044046
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)859384133
Label
Dead end : suburban sprawl and the rebirth of American urbanism, Benjamin Ross
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Escape from the suburbs -- The strange birth of suburbia -- Planners and embalmers -- Government-sponsored sprawl -- Ticky-tacky boxes -- Jane Jacobs versus the planners -- Saving the city -- The age of the Nimby -- Spreading like cancer -- The war of greed against snobbery -- A new thirst for city life -- Backlash from the right -- The language of land use -- Breaking new ground -- The politics of smart growth -- Democratic urbanism -- Affordable housing in an ownership society -- On track toward liveable cities
Control code
859384133
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
vi, 249 pages
Isbn
9780199360147
Lccn
2013044046
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)859384133

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