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Cities Without Suburbs

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First published in 1993, this analysis of America's cities should be of interest to city planners, scholars, and citizens alike. It argues that America must end the isolation of the central city from its suburbs in order to attack its urban problems. ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Woodrow Wilson Center Press (first published April 1st 1993)
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Alice Lemon
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: topic-cities
The basic idea that metro-area governments would help prevent the rich from escaping their financial responsibilities to their metro areas by moving to the cities is basically reasonable. However, I'm not sure I entirely buy that Rusk's statistics proved his point, and I'm certainly unconvinced by his assumption that suburban sprawl is a good thing, and the only problem is that central city governments don't control the resulting suburbs. ...more
Austin Outhavong
Jan 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 17, 2007 rated it liked it
Definitely ruffles your feathers if nothing else.
Sep 03, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
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