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Megapolitan America : a new vision for understanding America's metropolitan geography

Author: Arthur C Nelson; Robert Lang; American Planning Association.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : APA Planners Press ; London : Taylor & Francis [distributor], 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In popular imagination, America is the land of wide open spaces. But in reality, much of it is more densely populated than Europe. Two-thirds of the U.S. population lives on less than 20 percent of the privately owned land, clustered in 20-some megapolitan areas -- networks of metropolitan centers fused by common economic, physical, social, and cultural traits. Megapolitan America draws on detailed data to map out  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur C Nelson; Robert Lang; American Planning Association.
ISBN: 9781932364972 1932364978
OCLC Number: 751836399
Description: xxxiv, 278 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: From cities to megapolitans --
From cities to megaregions --
Megapolitan convergence: soft-nosed planning and the new regional governance --
Defining what is megapolitan --
The rural-megapolitan continuum --
Megapolitan areas as America's new economic core --
Megapolitan attractiveness --
Key population trends --
Megapolitan development --
Transportation planning and the megapolitans --
Implications of megapolitan America for land, water, and air resources --
Cascadia megapolitan cluster --
Sierra Pacific megapolitan area --
Southwest megapolitan cluster --
Mountain megapolitan cluster --
Texas triangle megapolitan cluster --
Twin Cities megapolitan area --
Great Lakes megapoltan cluster --
Florida megapolitan cluster --
Piedmont megapolitan cluster --
Megalopolis megapolitan cluster --
Epilogue: The megapolitan century --
Appendix: From urban to metropolitan.
Responsibility: Arthur C. Nelson and Robert E. Lang.

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"In popular imagination, America is the land of wide open spaces. But in reality, much of it is more densely populated than Europe. Two-thirds of the U.S. population lives on less than 20 percent of the privately owned land, clustered in 20-some megapolitan areas -- networks of metropolitan centers fused by common economic, physical, social, and cultural traits. Megapolitan America draws on detailed data to map out the dramatic -- and surprisingly positive -- shifts ahead. Backed by hard numbers, Nelson and Lang argue for long-range planning that sheds outdated images and stokes the nation's economic engines. This is required reading for everyone who cares about America's future."--Publisher's website.

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