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The Last Landscape

The Last Landscape

The Last Landscape

The Last Landscape


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The remaining corner of an old farm, unclaimed by developers. The brook squeezed between housing plans. Abandoned railroad lines. The stand of woods along an expanded highway. These are the outposts of what was once a larger pattern of forests and farms, the "last landscape." According to William H. Whyte, the place to work out the problems of our metropolitan areas is within those areas, not outside them. The age of unchecked expansion without consequence is over, but where there is waste and neglect there is opportunity. Our cities and suburbs are not jammed; they just look that way. There are in fact plenty of ways to use this existing space to the benefit of the community, and The Last Landscape provides a practical and timeless framework for making informed decisions about its use.

Called "the best study available on the problems of open space" by the New York Times when it first appeared in 1968, The Last Landscape introduced many cornerstone ideas for land conservation, urging all of us to make better use of the land that has survived amid suburban sprawl. Whyte's pioneering work on easements led to the passage of major open space statutes in many states, and his argument for using and linking green spaces, however small the areas may be, is a recommendation that has more currency today than ever before.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812208504
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 392
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

William H. Whyte (1917-1999) was editor of Fortune magazine and Distinguished Professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He was the author numerous books on social and environmental analysis, including City: Rediscovering the Center and The Organization Man, both of which are available from the University of Pennsylvania Press. Tony Hiss, former staff writer for the New Yorker, is a visiting scholar at the Taub Urban Research Center, New York University. He is the author of The Experience of Place.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Tony Hiss

1. Introduction
2. The Politics of Open Space

3. The Police Power
4. The Fee Simple
5. Easements
6. The Tax Approach
7. Defending Open Space

8. The Year 2000 Plans
9. The Green Belts
10. Linkage
11. The Design of Nature

12. Cluster Development
13. The New Towns
14. The Project Look
15. Play Areas and Small Spaces

16. The Plan of the Landscape
17. Scenic Roads
18. Roadsides
19. Townscape

20. The Case for Crowding
21. The Last Landscape


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