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The limitless city : a primer on the urban sprawl debate

Author: Oliver Gillham; Alex S MacLean
Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press, ©2002.
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"One of the great debates of our time concerns the predominant form of land use in America today -- the all too familiar pattern of commercial and residential development known as sprawl. But what do we really know about sprawl? Do we know what it is? Where did it come from? Is it really so bad? If so, what are the alternatives? Can anything be done to make it better? 'The Limitless City' offers an accessible
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Gillham, Oliver.
Limitless city.
Washington, DC : Island Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)606798886
Online version:
Gillham, Oliver.
Limitless city.
Washington, DC : Island Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)607657051
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Oliver Gillham; Alex S MacLean
ISBN: 1559638338 9781559638333
OCLC Number: 48468894
Description: xvi, 309 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: pt. I. Understanding sprawl --
1. What is sprawl? --
Characteristics and indicators of sprawl --
Definition of sprawl --
What makes sprawl? --
The limitless city --
Sprawl in summary --
2. The origins of sprawl --
Industrial cities --
Reform --
The first modern suburbs --
Automobiles and roads --
Post-war suburban expansion --
Suburbanization and cities --
The origins of sprawl in summary --
3. Reactions and countertrends --
Protesting the highways --
Cleaning up the environment --
The importance of history --
Resurgent older cities --
Analyzing the trends --
Mounting protest and reaction --
Reactions and countertrends in summary. pt. II. The sprawl debate --
4. Outlining the debate --
In defense of sprawl --
Why is there any debate? --
The charges against sprawl --
Pro-development --
Untangling the sprawl brawl --
5. Land and habitat --
Vanishing landscape? --
Natural habitat --
Land and habitat in summary --
6. Transportation and energy --
Traffic --
Energy consumption --
Transportation and energy in summary --
7. Pollution and public health --
Air quality --
Water quality --
Public health --
Pollution and public health summary --
8. Economics and social equity --
The economics of sprawl --
Social divides and cities --
Economics and social equity in summary --
9. Aesthetics and community --
Sprawl and aesthetics --
Community --
Aesthetics and community in summary. pt. III. Searching for alternatives --
10. Growth management and smart growth --
Growth management --
What is "smart growth"? --
Smart growth measures --
Growth management and smart growth in summary --
11. Preserving open space --
The importance of open space --
Open-space conservation programs --
Growth boundaries --
The downside of open-space conservation --
Preserving open space in summary --
12. Changing development patterns --
Compact, mixed-use developments --
Revitalizing older downtowns and inner-ring suburbs --
The density issue --
Changing development patterns in summary --
13. Viable public transportation --
The importance of public transportation --
Local public transportation initiatives --
Metropolitan transit initiatives --
Innovative transit technology --
Barriers to transit --
The land-use connection --
Viable public transportation in summary --
14. Regionalism --
Expansion and annexation --
Recurrent regionalism --
Case studies in regionalism --
Regionalism in summary. pt. IV. The future and concluding thoughts --
15. Thinking about the future --
The prospects for change --
Technology and cyberspace --
A picture of the future --
Thinking about the future in summary --
16. Conclusion --
The suburban pattern --
A willing nation --
Suburban malaise --
A paradigm of democracy --
A misuse of resources --
Increasing pollution --
Pushing for transit --
A widening gulf --
Losing open space --
Changing growth priorities --
The sprawl we already have --
The continuing debate.
Responsibility: Oliver Gillham ; aerial photographs by Alex S. MacLean.
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Looking at the predominant form of land use in America, known as sprawl, this text examines where it came from, what it is and what the alternatives are. The author argues that sprawl is here to stay  Read more...

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"If you plan to read only one book to understand the terms of the debate, this should be it."--Harvard Design "Policy makers would do well to keep The Limitless City within reach."--Boston Globe

 
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