Sequel to Suburbia : Glimpses of America's Post-Suburban Future Hardback
Part of the Urban and Industrial Environments series
How the decentralized, automobile-oriented, and fuel-consuming model of American suburban development might change. In the years after World War II, a distinctly American model for suburban development emerged.
The expansive rings of outer suburbs that formed around major cities were decentralized and automobile oriented, an embodiment of America's postwar mass-production, mass-consumption economy.
But alternate models for suburbia, including "transit-oriented development," "smart growth," and "New Urbanism," have inspired critiques of suburbanization and experiments in post-suburban ways of living.
In Sequel to Suburbia, Nicholas Phelps considers the possible post-suburban future, offering historical and theoretical context as well as case studies of transforming communities. Phelps first locates these outer suburban rings within wider metropolitan spaces, describes the suburbs as a "spatial fix" for the postwar capitalist economy, and examines the political and governmental obstacles to reworking suburban space.
He then presents three glimpses of post-suburban America, looking at Kendall-Dadeland (in Miami-Dade County, Florida), Tysons Corner (in Fairfax County, Virginia), and Schaumburg, Illinois (near Chicago).
He shows Kendall-Dadeland to be an isolated New Urbanism success; describes the re-planning of Tysons Corner to include a retrofitted central downtown area; and examines Schaumburg's position as a regional capital for Chicago's northwest suburbs.
As these cases show, the reworking of suburban space and the accompanying political process will not be left to a small group of architects, planners, and politicians.
Post-suburban politics will have to command the approval of the residents of suburbia.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 248 pages, 22 figures; 22 Illustrations, unspecified
- Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 20/11/2015
- Category: City & town planning - architectural aspects
- ISBN: 9780262029834
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