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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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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Gillham, Oliver.
Limitless city.
Washington, DC : Island Press, ©2002
(DLC) 2001007268
(OCoLC)48468894
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Oliver Gillham; Alex S MacLean
OCLC Number: 606798886
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 309 pages) : illustrations, maps
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
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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