The Future of the Suburban City : Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix, Paperback / softback Book

The Future of the Suburban City : Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix Paperback / softback

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There exists a category of America n cities in which the line between suburban and urban is almost impossible to locate.

These suburban cities arose in the last half of twentieth-century America, based largely on the success of the single-family home, shopping centres, and the automobile.

The low-density, auto-centric development of suburban cities, which are largely in the arid West, presents challenges for urban sustainability as it is traditionally measured.

Yet, some of these cities, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake, Dallas, Tucson, San Bernardino, and San Diego, continue to be among the fastest growing places in the United States.

In The Future of the Suburban City, Phoenix native Grady Gammage, Jr. looks at the promise of the suburban city as well as the challenges.

He argues that places that grew up based on the automobile and the single-family home need to dramatically change and evolve.

But suburban cities have some advantages in an era of climate change, and many suburban cities are already making strides in increasing their resilience. Gammage, focuses on the story of Phoenix, which shows the power of collective action, government action, to confront the challenges of geography and respond through public policy.

He takes a fresh look at what it means to be sustainable and examines issues facing most suburban cities around water supply, heat, transportation, housing, density, urban form, jobs, economics, and politics.

The Future of the Suburban City is a realistic yet hopeful story of what is possible for any suburban city.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 192 pages, 15 photographs and 15 illustrations
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Urban communities
  • ISBN: 9781610916233

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