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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.
|Tables and Figures|
|2||We Have Met the Enemy ... and It Is We Motorists||13|
|3||Fighting the Wrong Battles||35|
|4||Misguided Solutions: The Tendency to Foul Our Own Nest||49|
|5||Putting the Brakes on Sprawl||63|
|6||Properly Designing Streets||77|
|7||Ending Our Love Affair with the Car||89|
|8||Getting Back on Our Feet||99|
|9||Designing for People||105|
|10||Toward Better Development Regulations||125|
|App. A||Urban-Rural Transect Regulatory Matrix||145|
|App. B||Special Area Plan for Transforming a Conventional Center||149|