Dead End

Dead End

Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism

Book - 2014
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Ttraces how the ideal of a safe, green, orderly retreat where hardworking members of the middle class could raise their children away from the city mutated into the McMansion and strip mall-ridden suburbs of today. Ross finds that sprawl is much more than bad architecture and sloppy planning. Its roots are historical, sociological, and economic. He uses these insights to lay out a practical strategy for change, honed by his experience leading the largest grass-roots mass transit advocacy organization in the United States. The problems of smart growth, sustainability, transportation, and affordable housing, he argues, are intertwined and must be solved as a whole. The two keys to creating better places to live are expansion of rail transit and a more genuinely democratic oversight of land use.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, [2014]
ISBN: 9780199360147
0199360146
Branch Call Number: 307.74 R82d
Characteristics: vi, 249 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Dead end

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Me_Tarzan
Mar 12, 2018

Competently written by Benjamin Ross - "Dead End" closely traces how an ubiquitous middle-class mentality of wanting a safe, green, and orderly retreat from congested cityscapes has turned its dream into the reality of a hideous suburban sprawl.

Here in suburbia opposition to a concrete jungle has mutated into the endlessness of gaudy McMansions and uninspiring strip-malls seen everywhere today.

Through bad architectural design and sloppy planning (without any reasonable foresight) - Suburban-life has completely forced everyone to own a car, otherwise they are sure to find themselves totally stranded in no-man's-land.

All-in-all - "Dead End" is a well-researched book that gives the reader some well-grounded reasons as to why all of this apparent suburbanized senselessness exists.

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