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The embrace of buildings : a second look at walkable city neighborhoods

Author: Lee Hardy
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Calvin College Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"The Embrace of Buildings provides an overview of the key factors, topics, and issues in Anglo-American urbanism: the origins and development of the suburban ideal, the role of federal policies and spending priorities in shaping the built environment, the rise of the private automobile as the primary mode of transportation, the effects of functional zoning laws, the relation between the public realm and the quality  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Hardy
ISBN: 9781937555252 1937555259
OCLC Number: 1005231386
Description: xviii, 152 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The invisible hand of Uncle Sam --
In every garage a car--no, make that two cars --
Every home a country villa --
Where does the Christian come down? --
What is a neighborhood? --
Complete streets --
The public realm --
Functional zoning --
Jane and Goliath --
Form-based codes --
The many modes of transit --
Here's to your health --
Balancing budgets with smart growth --
Green cities --
The G word --
Where is the church?
Responsibility: Lee Hardy.

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"The Embrace of Buildings provides an overview of the key factors, topics, and issues in Anglo-American urbanism: the origins and development of the suburban ideal, the role of federal policies and spending priorities in shaping the built environment, the rise of the private automobile as the primary mode of transportation, the effects of functional zoning laws, the relation between the public realm and the quality of civic discourse, the influence of modernism on city planning, the impact of low-density development on public health, the connection between development and city budgets, the impact of urbanism on the environment, and the problem of gentrification. In a culture long enamored of the suburban ideal, Hardy invites his readers to reconsider the many advantages of living and working in walkable city neighborhoods - compact neighborhoods characterized by a fine network of pedestrian-friendly streets, mixed land uses, mixed housing types, and a full range of transit options. In addition, he investigates the role religion has played in defining American attitudes towards the city, and the difference church location makes in Christian ministry and mission."

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