The Wealth Of Cities: Revitalizing The Centers Of American Life

The Wealth Of Cities: Revitalizing The Centers Of American Life

by John O. Norquist

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Overview

For anyone who loves cities but has forgotten why, this compelling book offers hope for a richer and more civilized America. John Norquist firmly believes that the American city is on the verge of a renaissance—as long as urban leaders and citizens alike take responsibility for their own futures, rather than relying on federal handouts. In The Wealth of Cities he explores how the natural advantages of cities—as centers of commerce and culture—have been systematically undermined by a half-century of ill-conceived housing, education, transportation, crime, welfare, and environmental policies resulting in urban decay and suburban sprawl. But the urban spirit has not been broken. The Wealth of Cities is a celebration of the urban experience from the front lines, and a call-to-arms for anyone in business, government, or non-profits who loves cities and wants to see them flourish in the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780201442137
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/25/1998
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.41(w) x 9.53(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author


John O. Norquist is the mayor of Milwaukee, currently serving his third four-year term. He is a well-known advocate of the “New Urbanism,” a national movement of architects and planners dedicated to saving the American city.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii(3)
Acknowledgments x
CHAPTER ONE: You Can't Build a City on Pity
1(22)
CHAPTER TWO: How to Cut Government Spending and Live to Tell about It
23(24)
CHAPTER THREE: Safe Haven
47(18)
CHAPTER FOUR: Work and the City
65(18)
CHAPTER FIVE: The Best Schools
83(16)
CHAPTER SIX: How the Government Killed Affordable Housing
99(24)
CHAPTER SEVEN: City-States
123(16)
CHAPTER EIGHT: Clean City, Rich City
139(14)
CHAPTER NINE: U.S. Autobahns
153(28)
CHAPTER TEN: The New Urbanism
181(20)
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Lessons in Civic Life
201(8)
Notes 209(12)
Select Bibliography 221(8)
Index 229

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