Last Harvest: From Cornfield to New Town: Real Estate Development from George Washington to the Builders of the Twenty-First Century, and Why We Live in Houses Anyway
  • Last Harvest: From Cornfield to New Town: Real Estate Development from George Washington to the Builders of the Twenty-First Century, and Why We Live in Houses Anyway
  • Last Harvest: From Cornfield to New Town: Real Estate Development from George Washington to the Builders of the Twenty-First Century, and Why We Live in Houses Anyway

Last Harvest: From Cornfield to New Town: Real Estate Development from George Washington to the Builders of the Twenty-First Century, and Why We Live in Houses Anyway

by Witold Rybczynski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0743235975

ISBN-13: 9780743235976

Pub. Date: 05/13/2008

Publisher: Scribner

When Witold Rybczynski first heard about New Daleville, it was only a developer's idea, attached to ninety acres of cornfield an hour and a half west of Philadelphia. Over the course of five years, Rybczynski met and talked to everyone involved in the building of this residential subdivision — from the developers to the township leaders, whose approval they

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When Witold Rybczynski first heard about New Daleville, it was only a developer's idea, attached to ninety acres of cornfield an hour and a half west of Philadelphia. Over the course of five years, Rybczynski met and talked to everyone involved in the building of this residential subdivision — from the developers to the township leaders, whose approval they needed, to the home builders and engineers and, ultimately, the first families who moved in.

Always eloquent and illuminating, the award-winning author of Home and A Clearing in the Distance looks at this "neotraditional" project, with its houses built close together to encourage a sense of intimacy and community, and explains the trends in American domestic architecture — from where we place our kitchens and fences to why our bathrooms get larger every year.

Last Harvest was voted one of the ten best books of 2008 by the editors of Planetizen, and as Publishers Weekly said, "Rybczynski provides historical and cultural perspectives in a style reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell, debunking the myth of urban sprawl and explaining American homeowners' preference for single-family dwellings."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743235976
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
05/13/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
806,570
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

PART ONE

Prologue

1. The Developer

2. Seaside

3. Epiphanies

4. Last Harvest

5. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Estate

6. Joe's Deal

7. On the Bus

8. Meetings

9. Scatteration

10. More Meetings

PART TWO

11. Drop by Drop

12. On the Way to Exurbia

13. Design Matters

14. Locked In

15. House and Home

16. Generic Traditional

17. The Dream

18. Builders 19. A Compromise

PART THREE

20. Trade-offs

21. Mike and Mike

22. Ranchers, Picture Windows, and Morning Rooms

23. Pushing Dirt

24. The Market Rules

25. Bumps in the Road

26. Hard Sell

27. Competition

28. The Spreadsheet Buyers 29. Moving Day

POSTSCRIPT

A NEW AFTERWORD

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

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