Road to Ruin: An Introduction to Sprawl and How to Cure It / Edition 1

Road to Ruin: An Introduction to Sprawl and How to Cure It / Edition 1

by Dom Nozzi, Victor Dover
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275981290

ISBN-13: 9780275981297

Pub. Date: 09/30/2003

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

What causes sprawl, and are there sensible solutions to its aggravating problems? Nozzi delivers an easy-to-follow introduction to sprawl's causes and offers common-sense solutions available to communities. The time is ripe for resurrecting the tradition of designing that makes people, not cars, happy.

Since the end of World War II, America has been obsessed with

Overview

What causes sprawl, and are there sensible solutions to its aggravating problems? Nozzi delivers an easy-to-follow introduction to sprawl's causes and offers common-sense solutions available to communities. The time is ripe for resurrecting the tradition of designing that makes people, not cars, happy.

Since the end of World War II, America has been obsessed with a desire to improve conditions for cars, not people, primarily through enormous subsidies for road widening and construction of free parking. Not only does this obsession worsen conditions for motorists (at great public expense), it traps communities in a vicious cycle that delivers a declining, sprawling, financially bankrupting future—regardless of the quality of regulations, plans, planners, or elected officials.

Nozzi delivers an easy-to-follow introduction to sprawl's causes and offers common-sense solutions available to communities. The time is ripe for resurrecting the tradition of designing that makes people, not cars, happy. The key is returning to modest, human-scaled streets, parking, land use, and development regulations. Design principles encouraging walking, bicycling, and mass transit in conjunction with automobile travel are essential to creating livable cities once again. A professional city planner for over 15 years, Nozzi has firsthand knowledge of what works, what doesn't, and what real-world obstacles are faced when dealing with sprawl. Aimed at people who want an insider's introduction to our road, traffic, and land-use problems, this book is a useful guide to both professional planners and citizens concerned about the future of their own communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275981297
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/30/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Tables

Figures

Acknowledgments

Foreword

Introduction

Dire Straits

We Have Met the Enemy . . . and It Is We Motorists

Fighting the Wrong Battles

Misguided Solutions: The Tendency to Foul Our Own Nest

Putting the Breaks on Sprawl

Properly Designed Streets

Ending Our Love Affair with the Car

Getting Back on Our Feet

Designing for the People

Toward Better Development Regulations

Conclusion

Appendix A: Urban-Rural Transect Regulatory Matrix

Appendix B: Special Area Plan for Transforming a Conventional Center

References

Index

About the Author

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