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Suburban nation : the rise of sprawl and the decline of the American Dream

Author: Andres Duany; Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk; Jeff Speck
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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There is a growing movement in North America to put an end to suburban sprawl and to replace the automobile-based settlement patterns of the past fifty years with a return to more traditional planning principles. This movement stems not only from the realization that sprawl is ecologically and economically unsustainable but also from a growing awareness of sprawl's many victims: children, utterly dependent on  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Andres Duany; Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk; Jeff Speck
OCLC Number: 137344341
Notes: Originally published: New York : North Point Press, ©2000. 1st ed.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: What Is Sprawl, and Why? --
Devil Is in the Details --
House That Sprawl Built --
Physical Creation of Society --
American Transportation Mess --
Sprawl and the Developer --
Victims of Sprawl --
City and the Region --
Inner City --
How to Make a Town --
What Is to Be Done --
Appendices: Traditional Neighborhood, Development Checklist; The Congress for the New Urbanism.
Responsibility: Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck.

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There is a growing movement in North America to put an end to suburban sprawl and to replace the automobile-based settlement patterns of the past fifty years with a return to more traditional planning principles. This movement stems not only from the realization that sprawl is ecologically and economically unsustainable but also from a growing awareness of sprawl's many victims: children, utterly dependent on parental transportation if they wish to escape the cul-de-sac; the elderly, warehoused in institutions once they lose their driver's licenses; the middle class, stuck in traffic for two or more hours each day. [The authors] are at the forefront of this movement, and in [this book] they assess sprawl's costs to society, be they ecological, economic, aesthetic, or social. It is a ... lesson on the distinctions between postwar suburbia-characterized by housing clusters, strip shopping centers, office parks, and parking lots-and the traditional neighborhoods that were built as a matter of course until mid-century. It is an indictment of the entire development community, including governments, for the fact that America no longer builds towns. Most important, though, it is that ... book that also offers solutions.-http://www.loc.gov/catdir.

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