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

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

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by John F. Wasik
     
 

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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

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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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“Wasik’s focuses much of the blame on the ‘spurb,’ his term for automobile-dependent sprawling suburbs whose only connections to cities are multi-lane highways. He shows how the American dream of moving further from a city to buy a bigger house and find better schools was a costly proposition, which was an underlying cause of the crisis. For me, it was a totally new look at the American dream and its costs.”
—Larry Swedroe, moneywatch.com, February 2011

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470918081
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/15/2011
Series:
Bloomberg Series, #123
Pages:
207
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

John F. Wasik is a personal finance columnist for Reuters and the author of twelve other books including The Audacity of Help: Obama's Economic Plan and the Remaking of America. He has won eighteen awards for his writing, speaks all over North America, and has appeared on NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX, CNN, Bloomberg TV/Radio, PBS, NPR, and radio stations from Australia to Boston.

For more information, visit www.culdesacsyndrome.com

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