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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275981297
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

DOM NOZZI is Senior Planner, Department of Community Development, City of Gainesville, Florida. His work has focused on long-range planning, urban design, and the preparation of land development regulations.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
1 Dire Straits 1
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
Conclusion 135
App. A Urban-Rural Transect Regulatory Matrix 145
App. B Special Area Plan for Transforming a Conventional Center 149
Notes 151
Bibliography 163
Index 175
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