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The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix

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There exists a category of American 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 centers, and the automobile. The low-density, auto-centric development of suburban cities, which are largely in the ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Island Press
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Deidre
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I've never spent significant time in Phoenix, it's always been a passthrough on the way to other areas but the history of Phoenix in many ways is the history of the Southwest, and perhaps collectively the future of all of us.

Gammage looks at Phoenix's boom/bust cycles from a variety of angles from zoning and urban planning to sustainability and economic development. Phoenix in many ways represents our country's evolution from the traditional urbanity of Boston and New York to the industrially po
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Alan
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I saw Gammage speak and was very interested to learn more. Basically Phoenix is not so bad on the sustainability metrics as you might think and has a much better water position that you will get from "the water knife". The key point is that cities are ultimately sustainable if they have citizens that love the place enough to devote the resources to continue to live there. So New Orleans will like sustain some population no matter what. Do the citizens have the same love for Phoenix? Time and cli ...more
Tim Hoiland
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A nuanced, interdisciplinary take on sustainability. Highly recommend it to fellow Phoenicians.

"Suburban cities are designed around convenience, and the risk is that convenience begets complacency. The irony of sustainability is that greater challenges are more likely to precipitate more-robust solutions, so let us hope for an inconvenient future." – Grady Gammage, Jr.
thebookiereviewer
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
It makes a pretty good description on all the suburban city to find across America. It's informative and well written. I enjoyed it quite a bit.



Disclaimer: I got a copy from netgalley for my honest review.
Gayle Johnson-becker
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If you live in Phoenix, you'll love reading about our city. And be very proud to live here.
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