The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream

The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream

by Christopher B. Leinberger
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1597261378

ISBN-13: 9781597261371

Pub. Date: 08/28/2009

Publisher: Island Press

Americans are voting with their feet to abandon strip malls and suburban sprawl, embracing instead a new type of community where they can live, work, shop, and play within easy walking distance. In The Option of Urbanism visionary developer and strategist Christopher B. Leinberger explains why government policies have tilted the playing field toward one form

Overview

Americans are voting with their feet to abandon strip malls and suburban sprawl, embracing instead a new type of community where they can live, work, shop, and play within easy walking distance. In The Option of Urbanism visionary developer and strategist Christopher B. Leinberger explains why government policies have tilted the playing field toward one form of development over the last sixty years: the drivable suburb. Rooted in the driving forces of the economy—car manufacturing and the oil industry—this type of growth has fostered the decline of community, contributed to urban decay, increased greenhouse gas emissions, and contributed to the rise in obesity and asthma.

Highlighting both the challenges and the opportunities for this type of development, The Option of Urbanism shows how the American Dream is shifting to include cities as well as suburbs and how the financial and real estate communities need to respond to build communities that are more environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597261371
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
08/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
856,280
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Introduction     1
Futurama and the 20th-Century American Dream     12
The Rise of Drivable Sub-urbia     31
The Standard Real Estate Product Types: Why Every Place Looks Like Every Place Else     45
Consequences of Drivable Sub-urban Growth     63
The Market Rediscovers Walkable Urbanism     86
Defining Walkable Urbanism: Why More is Better     113
Unintended Consequences of Walkable Urbanism     138
Achieving the Next American Dream: Leveling the Playing Field and Implementing Walkable Urbanism     150
Notes     177
Index     201

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