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Cities Without Suburbs

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Cities without Suburbs, first published in 1993, has become an influential analysis of America's cities among city planners, scholars, and citizens alike. In it, David Rusk, the former mayor of Albuquerque, argues that America must end the isolation of the central city from its suburbs in order to attack its urban problems.The second edition not only employs updated census ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Woodrow Wilson Center Press (first published April 1st 1993)
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Austin Outhavong
1. the real city is the total metropolitan area-city and suburb
2. most of america's blacks, hispanics, and asians live in urban areas
3. since ww2, all urban growth has been low-density, suburban sytle.
4. for a city's population to grow, the city must be "elastic"
5. almost all metro areas have grown
6. some central cities have grown; others have shrunk
7. low-density cities can grow through in-fill; high-density cities cannot
8. elastic cities expand their city limits; inelastic cities do not
9. when
I find Rusk a bit didactic and academic, but his points are all well-made. After reading James Howard Kuntsler, Rusk seems all the drier.
Definitely ruffles your feathers if nothing else.
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