The American City: What Works and What Doesn't

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A revealing look at what works—and what doesn't—in revitalizing America's cities Sure to become the standard reference work on urban planning and design,The American City analyzes more than 250 programs and projects in 100 cities—showing why some projects succeeded brilliantly in accomplishing their goals,why others failed,and lessons to be learned from both the successes and the failures. Taking a valuable multidisciplinary approach to the complex challenges of urban and suburban generation,this superb sourcebook explores: the need for city planning to generate a widespread and sustained private market reaction in order to succeed; the six ingredients of project success: martket,location,design,finaning,entrepreneurship,and time; innovative ways to revitalize cities through the use of parks,playgrounds,cultural centers,convention centers,shopping centers,sports arenas,and more; methods for increasing access to affordable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods; everything you need to know about zoning and historical preservation laws. . . and much more. Whether your interest is government,the nonprifit sector,or the private market—is the subject is cities and how they work,this book is the place to begin.
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Donna Seaman
Garvin has served on various urban planning and development commissions in New York City and has taught an American cities course at Yale for nearly 30 years. He brings both working and teaching perspectives to this lively, well-illustrated, multidisciplinary history of two centuries of city planning. Garvin analyzes more than 250 projects and programs in 100 cities, assessing, as his subtitle indicates, what works and what has failed. The main thrust of much of Garvin's well-reasoned and carefully documented overview is a defense of urban planning; he believes that controversies over unsuccessful redevelopment projects have generated cynicism and negativity out of proportion to the facts. Many plans have succeeded in cities such as Chicago, Pittsburgh, Portland, and Charleston, and Garvin is eager to identify and celebrate them. He evaluates parks, monumental public structures (e.g., libraries, museums, and convention centers), and large-scale redevelopment projects. Garvin also discusses subsidized housing, planned communities, suburban development, rehabbing, and historic preservation. This is a vital resource for everyone interested in cities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070229198
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 477
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.31 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A Realistic Approach to City and Suburban Planning 1
2 Ingredients of Success 9
3 Parks and Playgrounds 29
4 Palaces for the People 73
5 Shopping Centers 101
6 The City of Tomorrow 121
7 Planning for Pedestrians 141
8 Increasing the Housing Supply 153
9 Reducing Housing Cost 161
10 Housing Rehabilitation 179
11 Clearing the Slums 199
12 Revitalizing Neighborhoods 229
13 Residential Suburbs 251
14 New-Towns-In-Town 289
15 New-Towns-In-The-Country 313
16 Land Use Regulation 355
17 Preserving the Past 396
18 The Comprehensive Plan 427
Index 467
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