Sprawl: A Compact History / Edition 1

Sprawl: A Compact History / Edition 1

by Robert Bruegmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226076903

ISBN-13: 9780226076904

Pub. Date: 11/01/2005

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

"As anyone who has flown into Los Angeles at dusk or London at midday knows, urban areas today defy traditional notions of what a city is. Our old definitions of urban, suburban, and rural fail to capture the complexity of these vast regions with their superhighways, subdivisions, industrial areas, office parks, and resorts pushing far out into the countryside.…  See more details below

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"As anyone who has flown into Los Angeles at dusk or London at midday knows, urban areas today defy traditional notions of what a city is. Our old definitions of urban, suburban, and rural fail to capture the complexity of these vast regions with their superhighways, subdivisions, industrial areas, office parks, and resorts pushing far out into the countryside. Detractors call it sprawl and assert that it is economically inefficient, socially inequitable, environmentally irresponsible - and ugly. Robert Bruegmann calls it a logical consequence of economic growth and the democratization of society, with benefits that urban planners have failed to recognize." "In his history of the expanded city, Bruegmann overturns every assumption we have about sprawl. Taking a long view of urban development, he demonstrates that sprawl is neither recent nor particularly American but as old as cities themselves, just as characteristic of ancient Rome and eighteenth-century Paris as it is of Atlanta or Los Angeles. Nor is sprawl the disaster claimed by many contemporary observers. Although sprawl, like any settlement pattern, has undoubtedly produced problems that must be addressed, it has also provided millions of people with the kinds of mobility, privacy, and choice that were once the exclusive prerogatives of the rich and powerful." The first major book to strip urban sprawl of its pejorative connotations, Sprawl offers a completely new vision of the city and its growth. Bruegmann provides readers with many provocative insights that confound received opinion about what urban life has been and could be.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226076904
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Edition description:
1
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Defining sprawl17
2Early sprawl21
3Sprawl in the interwar boom years33
4Sprawl in the postwar boom years42
5Sprawl since the 1970s51
6The causes of sprawl96
7Early anti-sprawl arguments115
8The first anti-sprawl campaign : Britain in the 1920s117
9The second anti-sprawl campaign : the United States in the postwar years121
10The third anti-sprawl campaign : since the 1970s137
11Early remedies : from anti-blight to anti-sprawl169
12Postwar anti-sprawl remedies173
13Anti-sprawl remedies since the 1970s199

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