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    Description"The government in the past created one American Dream at the expense of almost all others: the dream of a house, a lawn, a picket fence, two children, and a car. But there is no single American Dream anymore." For nearly 70 years, the suburbs were as American as apple pie. As the middle class ballooned and single-family homes and cars became more affordable, we flocked to pre-fabricated communities in the suburbs, a place where open air and solitude offered a retreat from our dense, polluted cities. Before long, success became synonymous with a private home in a bedroom community complete with a yard, a two-car garage and a commute to the office, and subdivisions quickly blanketed our landscape. But in recent years things have started to change. An epic housing crisis revealed existing problems with this unique pattern of development, while the steady pull of long-simmering economic, societal and demographic forces has culminated in a Perfect Storm that has led to a profound shift in the way we desire to live. In "The End of the Suburbs" journalist Leigh Gallagher traces the rise and fall of American suburbia from the stately railroad suburbs that sprung up outside American cities in the 19th and early 20th centuries to current-day sprawling exurbs where residents spend as much as four hours each day commuting. Along the way she shows why suburbia was unsustainable from the start and explores the hundreds of new, alternative communities that are springing up around the country and promise to reshape our way of life for the better. Not all suburbs are going to vanish, of course, but Gallagher's research and reporting show the trends are undeniable. Consider some of the forces at work: The nuclear family is no more: Our marriage and birth rates are steadily declining, while the single-person households are on the rise. Thus, the good schools and family-friendly lifestyle the suburbs promised are increasingly unnecessary.We want out of our cars As the price of oil continues to rise, the hours long commutes forced on us by sprawl have become unaffordable for many. Meanwhile, today's younger generation has expressed a perplexing indifference toward cars and driving. Both shifts have fueled demand for denser, pedestrian-friendly communities.Cities are booming. Once abandoned by the wealthy, cities are experiencing a renaissance, especially among younger generations and families with young children. At the same time, suburbs across the country have had to confront never-before-seen rates of poverty and crime. Blending powerful data with vivid on the ground reporting, Gallagher introduces us to a fascinating cast of characters, including the charismatic leader of the anti-sprawl movement; a mild-mannered Minnesotan who quit his job to convince the world that the suburbs are a financial Ponzi scheme; and the disaffected residents of suburbia, like the teacher whose punishing commute entailed leaving home at 4 a.m. and sleeping under her desk in her classroom. Along the way, she explains why understanding the shifts taking place is imperative to any discussion about the future of our housing landscape and of our society itself--and why that future will bring us stronger, healthier, happier and more diverse communities for everyone.


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    Title
    The End of the Suburbs
    Subtitle
    Where the American Dream Is Moving
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Leigh Gallagher
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 261
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 481 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781591845256
    ISBN 10: 1591845254
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: JFSG
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    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    Ingram Theme: DEMO/URBAN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17830
    Ingram Theme: DEMO/SUBURB
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026030
    BIC subject category V2: KCU
    BISAC V2.8: BUS067000
    DC21: 307.740973
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC22: 307.740973
    BISAC region code: 4.0.1.0.0.0.0
    LC classification: HT352.U6 G35 2013
    Illustrations note
    black & white halftones, maps
    Publisher
    PORTFOLIO
    Imprint name
    PORTFOLIO
    Publication date
    01 August 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    LEIGH GALLAGHER is an assistant managing editor at "Fortune," where she edits feature stories and oversees several "Fortune" franchises. She is a regular guest on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and public radio's "Marketplace," appears frequently on CNN, CNBC and other outlets, and is a frequent public speaker. Earlier in her career she was a senior editor at "SmartMoney" magazine and a writer for "Forbes." This is her first book.
    Review quote
    "This book is a steel fist in a velvet glove. Beneath Leigh Gallagher's smooth, elegant prose there is a methodical smashing of the suburban paradigm. When all is done, a few shards remain--but only because she is scrupulously fair. This story of rise and ruin avoids the usual storm of statistics--nor is it a tale told with apocalyptic glee. "The End of the Suburbs" is the most convincing book yet on the lifestyle changes coming to our "immediate" future." -- Andres Duany, founding partner of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and co-author of "Suburban Nation" "The book is loaded with fascinating detail wrapped in a vivid story Gallagher creates from behind the scenes of America's greatest promotion: the suburbs." --Meredith Whitney, author, "Fate of the States: The New Geography of American Prosperity" and founder, Meredith Whitney Advisory Group "Leigh Gallagher asks all the right questions and comes up with surprising conclusions in this sweeping discussion of the future of the suburb. Spoiler alert - it's a bleak future for the burbs, but don't panic: Gallagher foretells a new world order where the conveniences of the urban lifestyle rewire our understanding of the American Dream. You'll never look at a cul-de-sac the same way again after you enjoy this book, which is simultaneously entertaining and informative, breezy and analytical." --Spencer Rascoff, CEO, Zillow ""The End of the Suburbs" is a compelling, insightful must-read on what author Leigh Gallagher calls the 'slow-burning revolution' re-mapping the shape of America and its future. Her masterfully-argued case springs to life with both impressive research and empathetic portraits of those seduced and often betrayed by suburbia's promise of a more livable life. Now, where's my moving truck? Oh, right. Stuck in commuter traffic." --Linda Keenan, author and resident of "Suburgatory" "No one knows how American residential preferences will change in the 21st centur