How Cities Work: Suburbs, Sprawl, and the Roads Not Taken

How Cities Work: Suburbs, Sprawl, and the Roads Not Taken

by Alex Marshall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292752407

ISBN-13: 9780292752405

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Do cities work anymore? How did they get to be such sprawling conglomerations of lookalike subdivisions, megafreeways, and "big box" superstores surrounded by acres of parking lots? And why, most of all, don't they feel like real communities? These are the questions that Alex Marshall tackles in this hard-hitting, highly readable look at what makes cities

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Do cities work anymore? How did they get to be such sprawling conglomerations of lookalike subdivisions, megafreeways, and "big box" superstores surrounded by acres of parking lots? And why, most of all, don't they feel like real communities? These are the questions that Alex Marshall tackles in this hard-hitting, highly readable look at what makes cities work.

Marshall argues that urban life has broken down because of our basic ignorance of the real forces that shape cities-transportation systems, industry and business, and political decision making. He explores how these forces have built four very different urban environments-the decentralized sprawl of California's Silicon Valley, the crowded streets of New York City's Jackson Heights neighborhood, the controlled growth of Portland, Oregon, and the stage-set facades of Disney's planned community, Celebration, Florida.

To build better cities, Marshall asserts, we must understand and intelligently direct the forces that shape them. Without prescribing any one solution, he defines the key issues facing all concerned citizens who are trying to control urban sprawl and build real communities. His timely book will be important reading for a wide public and professional audience.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292752405
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Series:
Constructs Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
269
Sales rank:
410,377
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Sex of Cities

Chapter 1: A Tale of Two Towns: Kissimmee versus Celebration and the New Urbanism
Chapter 2: The End of Place
Chapter 3: The Deconstructed City: The Silicon Valley
Chapter 4: Trading Places: The City and the Suburb
Chapter 5: Jackson Heights: An Anachronism Finds Its Way
Chapter 6: The Master Hand: The Role of Government in Building Cities
Chapter 7: Portland and Oregon: Taming the Forces That Create the Modern Metropolitan Area
Chapter 8: No Place Called Home: Community at the Millennium
Chapter 9: Conclusion. Getting There: Building Healthy Cities

Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected References
Index

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