Toward the Livable City

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Toward the Livable City is intended for commuters, suburbanites, and city dwellers concerned about making their lives more livable and interested in knowing what that might mean. Combining first hand accounts of the attractions and distractions of city life, this book also introduces a wide range of perspectives about creating successful, livable cities, with examples from across America and around the world. The book conveys what leading thinkers?including James Howard Kunstler, Jane Holtz Kay, Tony Hiss, ...
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Overview


Toward the Livable City is intended for commuters, suburbanites, and city dwellers concerned about making their lives more livable and interested in knowing what that might mean. Combining first hand accounts of the attractions and distractions of city life, this book also introduces a wide range of perspectives about creating successful, livable cities, with examples from across America and around the world. The book conveys what leading thinkers—including James Howard Kunstler, Jane Holtz Kay, Tony Hiss, Phillip Lopate, Bill McKibben, Myron Orfield, and john powell, among others—say about such topics as smart growth, opportunity-based housing, traffic calming, pedestrian rights, regional planning, riverfront redevelopment, urban agriculture, and the pleasures of a saunter down tree-lined streets to restaurants, theatres, shops, with the presence of other people.

The mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, closed downtown streets to cars and built bus stops that load and unload passengers with the same speed as subways. In Boston, urban agriculture produces more than 10,000 pounds of vegetables each season. Minneapolis has redeveloped its riverfront while Manhattan ponders what to do along the Hudson. With these and other examples, Toward the Livable City reveals the many benefits of parks, healthy neighborhoods, and mixed use communities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571312716
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions
  • Publication date: 11/10/2003
  • Series: The World As Home Series
  • Pages: 301
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Finding Common Ground, an Introduction
The Lived-In City: A Place in Time 5
Divorcing the City 21
Selections from Roadkill Bill 41
Cambridge Walking 55
City Places, Sacred Spaces 64
Food for the City, from the City 79
Mixed Use in the City 89
The Empty Harbor and the Dilemma of Waterfront Development 97
Reinventing a Vibrant Riverfront 119
The Backside of Civility 143
If You Build It, Will They Change? 161
The Region: The True City 169
Opportunity-Based Housing 181
A Burden, a Blessing 212
How to Fall in Love with Your Hometown 231
Cities of the Future in the Long Emergency 265
Charter of the New Urbanism 277
Additional Reading 283
Public Interest Organizations 287
Subject Index 291
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