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    Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream (Hardback) By (author) Andres Duany, By (author) Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, By (author) Jeff Speck


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    DescriptionA 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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    Suburban Nation
    The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andres Duany, By (author) Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, By (author) Jeff Speck
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 290
    Width: 209 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 730 g
    ISBN 13: 9780865475571
    ISBN 10: 0865475571

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JPQB
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFSG
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AMVD, RPC
    B&T General Subject: 650
    DC21: 307.760973
    B&T Approval Code: A31780000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026030
    DC22: 307.76/0973
    BISAC V2.8: ARC010000
    B&T Approval Code: A32300000
    BISAC V2.8: POL002000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: HT384.U5 D83 2000
    Illustrations note
    North Point Press
    Imprint name
    North Point Press
    Publication date
    01 March 2000