Suburban Sprawl: Culture, Theory, and Politics / Edition 1

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Overview

A comprehensive, multi-disciplinary analysis of suburban sprawl development and smart growth alternatives within the contexts of culture, ecology, and politics. It offers a mix of theoretical inquiry, historical analysis, policy critique, and case studies, written by academics and practitioners from around the world. In addition, each chapter is coupled with featured interviews with leading activists and policymakers working on sprawl issues.

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Editorial Reviews

Regional Studies
This collection . . . provides insight into the political and legislative manoeuvres that help prevent the further proliferation of suburban sprawl.
Urban Studies, Vol. 42 April 2005 - Nick Parsons
This an excellent volume of interest to anyone—academics and students—wishing to gain a better understanding of the origins, implications of, and responses to, urban sprawl in the U.S. from a wide variety of perspectives informed by both theoretical debate and empirical case studies. The chapters are interspersed with interviews with practitioners and politicians with an interest in urban planning. These give an extra insight into the origins of the smart growth movement and the cultural, political, and social obstacles it faces in its quest to build 'liveable' communities, as well as bringing to light some successful attempts to do just this.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742525818
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew J. Lindstrom is associate professor in the political science department at St. John's University/College of St. Benedict in Minnesota. Hugh Bartling teaches in the political science department at the University of Central Florida.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part 1: Culture and Society: Contested Visions and Values Chapter 3 Sprawl and Its Discontents: The Rural Dimension Part 4 A Conversation with Bill Carpenter Chapter 5 Waiting at the Gate: The New, Postmodern Promised Lands Part 6 A Conversation with Mike Watkins Chapter 7 Urban Impostures: How Two Neighborhoods Reframed Suburban Sprawl as a New Urbanist Paradise without Changing a Thing Part 8 A Conversation with Don Chen and Elizabeth Humphrey Chapter 9 Lawns as Artifacts: The Evolution of Social and Environmental Implications of Suburban Residential Land Use Part 10 A Conversation with Parris Glendening Part 11 Part II: Contesting Theories of Sprawl: Race, Class and Culture Chapter 12 New Urbanism: Visionary Landscapesin the Twenty-First Century Part 13 A Conversation with Alex Morton Chapter 14 A Racial Critique of Public Housing Redevelopment Strategies Part 15 A Conversation with Mel Martinez Chapter 16 Race and Suburban Sprawl: Regionalism and Structural Racism Part 17 A Conversation with Geoffrey Anderson Chapter 18 The Straw That Broke the Camel's Back: Preservation of an Urban Mountain Landscape Part 19 A Conversation with Richard Moe Part 20 Part III: Development, Equity, and Policy Options: Theory and Cases Chapter 21 Smarth Growth and the Law Part 22 A Conversation with Earl Blumenauer Chapter 23 Stemming Sprawl: The Fiscal Approach Part 24 A Conversation with Greg LeRoy Chapter 25 Surburan Sprawl in Southeastern Wisconsin: Planning, Politics, and the Lack of Affordable Housing Part 26 A Conversation with Ted Mondale Chapter 27 From Sprawl to Smart Growth: The Case of Atlanta Chapter 28 Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2003

    Excellent Compendium on Sprawl

    This book offers an excellent mutlidimensional look at the issue of suburban sprawl, investigating the complexity of the issue from an interdisciplinary perspective. Particularly useful is the editors' conceptual introduction. I anticipate that this will be a standard text in (sub)urban studies courses througout North America.

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