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Zoned in the USA : the Origins and Implications of American Land-Use Regulation

Author: Sonia A Hirt
Publisher: Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why are American cities, suburbs, and towns so distinct? Compared to European cities, those in the United States are characterized by lower densities and greater distances; neat, geometric layouts; an abundance of green space; a greater level of social segregation reflected in space; and--perhaps most noticeably--a greater share of individual, single-family detached housing. In Zoned in the USA, Sonia A. Hirt argues  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sonia A Hirt
ISBN: 9780801454714 0801454719
OCLC Number: 1042029757
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource : 11 halftones, 5 line drawings, 11 tables, 3 charts
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction. An American Model Of Land-Use Control --
1. America's Housing Trademark --
2. How The System Works --
3. How Others Do It --
4. Roots --
5. American Beginnings In A Comparative Context --
6. The Formative Years Of American Zoning --
Conclusion. The Promises And Paradoxes Of Residential Zoning --
Notes --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Sonia A. Hirt.
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Why are American cities, suburbs, and towns so distinct? Compared to European cities, those in the United States are characterized by lower densities and greater distances; neat, geometric layouts; an abundance of green space; a greater level of social segregation reflected in space; and--perhaps most noticeably--a greater share of individual, single-family detached housing. In Zoned in the USA, Sonia A. Hirt argues that zoning laws are among the important but understudied reasons for the cross-continental differences. Hirt shows that rather than being imported from Europe, U.S. municipal zoning law was in fact an institution that quickly developed its own, distinctly American profile. A distinct spatial culture of individualism--founded on an ideal of separate, single-family residences apart from the dirt and turmoil of industrial and agricultural production--has driven much of municipal regulation, defined land-use, and, ultimately, shaped American life. Hirt explores municipal zoning from a comparative and international perspective, drawing on archival resources and contemporary land-use laws from England, Germany, France, Australia, Russia, Canada, and Japan to challenge assumptions about American cities and the laws that guide them.

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