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Streets for People: A Primer for Americans

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For anyone who has been wondering what American cities are coming to, STREETS FOR PEOPLE is a book he cannot afford to miss. Although "environmental studies" are the rage of the day, planners have been unable to arrest the disintegration of urban America; architects have often speeded it. STREETS FOR PEOPLE helps the reader to understand where things went wrong. For Americ ...more
Paperback, 351 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Van Nostrand Reinhold Company (first published January 1st 1969)
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Seeing the title of this book and cover photo, I assumed it was going to be an earnest, pseudo-technical argument for a more pedestrian-friendly city planning; an early example of the dozens of wonky New Urbanist blog posts I've read, with perhaps a lingering flavor of midcentury Modernist utopianism. But it turned out to be quite different. Rather than an argument, it's more of a description of American streets and a comparison between them and those of other countries (particularly Italy, but ...more
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May 08, 2007 Patrick Trisler rated it liked it
I love books like this, even though they are meant to depress, or at least anger us at our own stupidity. It seems you can compare any country to the U.S. infrastructure wise, and we will fall short. We like to build things quickly and cheaply, then tear it down in about 30 years cause its wore out, then build it the exact same way again. Mr. Rudolfsky wants us to learn that quality of life is directly affected by the quality we put into our surroundings. His focus here is on the public realm o ...more
Aug 05, 2007 Zedder rated it it was amazing
This is the first Rudofsky book I ever read. I read it one summer at LMU, back in the late 90's. Perhaps I should've gone into urban planning. I was really into that type of stuff.
Jun 18, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it
I wish more city planners in America would read this book. But like the author concludes "we get what we deserve" in car crazy America.
Mar 27, 2013 Patrick rated it it was amazing
This book explains why Americans without dogs have no reason to leave the house.
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Bernard Rudofsky (Austrian-American, 1905–1988) was an architect, curator, critic, exhibition designer, and fashion designer whose entire oeuvre was influenced by his lifelong interest in concepts about the body and the use of our senses. He is best known for his controversial exhibitions and accompanying catalogs, including Are Clothes Modern? (Museum
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