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It's a Sprawl World After All: The Human Cost of Unplanned Growth -- and Visions of a Better Future
Suburbia has twisted the American dream into a nightmare. The United States now has the most rapes, assaults, murders, and serial killings per capita, by a wide margin, than any other first-world nation. It’s a Sprawl World After All is the first book to link America’s increase in violence and the corresponding breakdown in society with the post-World War II development of ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by New Society Publishers
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A decent treatment. The author is shockingly naive about the efficacy of voting. Little mention of racism until the last three pages of Appendix A, and the phrase "white flight" is never used. It's a fairly concise quick read that digs into some tax code and zoning laws that privileged suburban sprawl over dense, walkable, mixed-use communities with mass transit/rail (either cities or small towns). The connection to violence might be a bit sensational, yet I find the author's argument persuasive ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it
Shortly after the Second World War, the United States completely changed its approach to urbanism. Abandoning concentrated city centers, the nation instead emphasized outward, horizontal growth, all low-density. The automobile allowed cities to expand far beyond their original boundaries, and what technology allowed, government mandated. What followed is the scene that every American is familiar with: sprawl, the great mat of highways, housing developments, commercial strips, and office parks th ...more