The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome: Turning Around the Unsustainable American Dream

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Overview

An incisive look at the consequences of today's costly and damaging suburban lifestyle

In The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome, Bloomberg News' John Wasik exposes the economic, cultural, environmental, and health problems underlying life in suburbia. Wasik provides powerful insights into how the U.S. suburban lifestyle has become unsustainable and what can be done to salvage it. His observations are firmly grounded in exclusive on-the-ground research, ...

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Overview

An incisive look at the consequences of today's costly and damaging suburban lifestyle

In The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome, Bloomberg News' John Wasik exposes the economic, cultural, environmental, and health problems underlying life in suburbia. Wasik provides powerful insights into how the U.S. suburban lifestyle has become unsustainable and what can be done to salvage it. His observations are firmly grounded in exclusive on-the-ground research, interviews with thought leaders, and the latest studies and statistics. The book

  • Exposes the untold truths about suburban home ownership: green isn't always so green, life isn't cheaper after accounting for gas, water, and taxes, and modern suburban living isn't so idyllic considering the toll it takes on our health
  • Includes exclusive research and analysis by experts in the field that debunks the many myths associated with suburban living
  • Explores innovative solutions being developed in cities across the country

The American Dream of moving further from a city to buy a bigger house and find better schools has become a costly nightmare. The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome examines why and what can be done.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470918081
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Series: Bloomberg Series , #123
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction: The Foundation Cracks.

PART 1 A Dream Gone Bad.

1 False Economics: American Dreamers in the Sunshine State.

2 Origins of a Dream.

3 How Debt Addiction Fed a Housing Crisis.

4 Cul-de-Sac Nation: Symptoms of a Syndrome.

5 The Spurbing of National Health.

PART 2 Reinventing Home and Community.

6 Toward Sustainable Dreams.

7 Building Smarter.

8 The Near Death of a Suburb.

9 Reclaiming the Inner City.

10 Sustainability and Development: Bridging the Gap.

The Bill Comes Due: Which Places Will Prosper?

Epilogue: Cleaning Up, Moving On.

Notes.

Index.

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

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    Read about how to create more sustainable cities

    John Wasik, personal finance columnist for Bloomberg News, traveled the country assessing the status of our cities and the sprawl he calls "spurbs." He details several in his new book, The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome: Turning Around the Unsustainable American Dream. Wasik identifies the problems of over-development and highlights areas that show promise, such as Gainesville, Florida, by protecting natural space and resources and promoting livable urban landscapes.

    Wasik takes a prescient view of modern development, and offer valuable insight on how we can turn around our societal approach to building communities so they'll be more sustainable and offer us a more economically viable and socially navigable future.

    Take time to reflect with Wasik on our past and learn with him about better plans for the future.

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