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The Geography of Nowhere

The Geography of Nowhere

The Rise and Decline of America's Man-made Landscape

Book - 1993
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The Geography of Nowhere traces America's evolution from a nation of Main Streets and coherent communities to a land where every place is like no place in particular, where the cities are dead zones and the countryside is a wasteland of cartoon architecture and parking lots. In elegant and often hilarious prose, Kunstler depicts our nation's evolution from the Pilgrim settlements to the modern auto suburb in all its ghastliness. The Geography of Nowhere tallies up the huge economic, social, and spiritual costs that America is paying for its car-crazed lifestyle. It is also a wake-up call for citizens to reinvent the places where we live and work, to build communities that are once again worthy of our affection. Kunstler proposes that by reviving civic art and civic life, we will rediscover public virtue and a new vision of the common good. "The future will require us to build better places," Kunstler says, "or the future will belong to other people in other societies."
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1993
ISBN: 9780671707743
Branch Call Number: 710.40973 K96g
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 22 cm


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lizzietish81 Sep 02, 2015

It's not just your imagination, the suburbs really are terrible, and this book will finally allow you to understand why, and what we can do about it.

Jul 06, 2012

This is the first book I ever read by JHK. I revisited it again. If you ever wondered why you feel dehumanized and empty as you drive around 'burbs, JHK gives a language to that. I've learned a lot about architecture from this book. Check out his podcasts. ""

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