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Solving Sprawl

Models Of Smart Growth In Communities Across America

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Published: 1st March 2003
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Solving Sprawl shines a spotlight on American communities that are applying smart growth principles in successfully addressing the problem of sprawl. It offers examples that illustrate key concepts and tells the story of how this new approach to development has caught hold across America. It reports the good news that successful smart-growth developments can now be found throughout the country, with communities large and small implementing a wide array of innovative solutions.
 
The book details 35 diverse smart-growth stories from around the United States and celebrates those who are leading the way in solving sprawl –state and local officials who have embraced new forms of development, corporations who are choosing to redevelop abandoned city properties rather than build new corporate campuses on undeveloped land, faith-based organizations that have been instrumental in redeveloping inner-city neighborhoods, visionary architects and planners who are showing how to design communities and regions that solve sprawl. Each chapter showcases a wide variety of solutions with projects of all sizes in urban, suburban, and exurban settings including Adidas Village in Portland, Oregon; the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.; Quality Hill in Kansas City, Kansas; Suisun City redevelopment in Suisun City, California; growth control initiatives in Boulder, Colorado; Pearl Lake in Almira Township, Michigan; and more.
 
Interspersed throughout are sidebars that offer additional examples and reminders of the sprawl-related environmental and social problems that smart growth helps overcome. The book also includes a glossary of planning terms and land-use concepts.
 
Instead of obliterating our countryside while jeopardizing our financial reserves and weakening our social bonds, we are learning how to develop and grow in ways that better reflect our values. Solving Sprawl brings a renewed sense of hope and inspiration about smart growth and its potential for creating a more livable country.

Forewordp. viii
Solving Sprawl with Smart Growthp. 1
Snapshot: Facts about Sprawlp. 3
Snapshot: Basic Principles of Smart Growthp. 4
Snapshot: Americans Support Smart Growthp. 5
Smart Citiesp. 7
Adidas Village Portland, Oregon: From a Suburban Campus to an Urban Villagep. 12
Snapshot: Smart Growth and Hospital Closingsp. 14
Atlantic Station Atlanta, Georgia: Brownfield Redevelopment Helps Clean The Airp. 16
Snapshot: Smart Growth and Air Qualityp. 20
The Can Company Baltimore, Maryland: From Tin Cans to High Techp. 21
Snapshot: Maryland's Smart-Growth Programp. 24
Dallas Uptown Dallas, Texas: City District Offers Freedom from the Carp. 26
Denver Dry Goods Denver, Colorado: Rebirth Of 100-Year-Old Downtown Buildingp. 29
Snapshot: Downtown Housing in Denverp. 32
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Boston, Massachusetts: A Struggling Boston Neighborhood Takes Charge of Its Futurep. 34
Snapshot: Smart Growth and Social Equityp. 38
MCI Center Washington, D.C.: Transit-Oriented Arena Revitalizes Downtownp. 41
Snapshot: Downtown DC Business Improvement Districtp. 44
Pulaski Station Chicago, Illinois: Community Calls for Transit-Oriented Redevelopmentp. 46
Snapshot: Smart Growth and Global Warmingp. 49
Quality Hill Kansas City, Kansas: Mixed-Income Housing Restores Neighborhood's Former Gloryp. 51
Rutland Wal-Mart Rutland, Vermont: Even a Big-Box Chain Can Go Downtownp. 55
Snapshot: Could It Be a Trend?p. 57
Snapshot: Smart Growth and Superstore Sprawlp. 59
Second Street Studios Santa Fe, New Mexico: A Community of Artists and Small Businessesp. 61
Snapshot: Smart Growth and Live/Work Spacesp. 63
Southside Park Cohousing Sacramento, California: A Cooperative Community in the Cityp. 65
Snapshot: Sacramento's Metro Squarep. 68
Suisun City Redevelopment Suisun City, California: Small City Makes a Comeback by Redeveloping Its Corep. 71
Westminster Place St. Louis, Missouri: Family-Oriented Housing and Shopping in the Inner Cityp. 76
Smart Suburbsp. 79
Addison Circle Addison, Texas: An Edge City Redefined with a Walkable, Compact Centerp. 83
Snapshot: Smart Growth and Communityp. 85
Bethesda Row Bethesda, Maryland: A Suburban Main Streetp. 87
Burnham Building Irvington, New York: An Industrial Building Becomes a Library and Affordable Housingp. 91
Snapshot: Smart Growth and Building Codesp. 94
The Crossings Mountain View, California: A Transit-Oriented Neighborhood on Reclaimed Landp. 96
Snapshot: Smart Growth and "Dead Malls"p. 99
Eastgate Town Center Chattanooga, Tennessee: Aging Mall Gets New Start as Town Centerp. 100
Snapshot: Chattanooga's Sustainable Communityp. 104
First Suburbs Consortium Metropolitan Cleveland, Ohio: Inner-Ring Suburbs Pursuing Common Goalsp. 106
Mashpee Commons Mashpee, Massachusetts: From Strip Mall to New England Village Centerp. 111
Snapshot: Conservation and Wastewater Treatmentp. 113
Snapshot: Remaking the Suburban Shopping Experiencep. 116
Orenco Station Hillsboro, Oregon: A Compact Community With Diverse Housing Optionsp. 118
Snapshot: Smart Growth and Infrastructurep. 121
Reston Town Center Reston, Virginia: An Island of Smart Growth in a Sea of Suburbiap. 123
Third Street Cottages Langley, Washington: A Pocket-Sized Enclave of Smart Growthp. 127
Village Green Los Angeles, California: Smart, Sustainable, and Affordable Residential Developmentp. 131
Smart Conservationp. 136
Antietam Battlefield Near Sharpsburg, Maryland: A Civil War Battlefield Saved from Encroaching Sprawlp. 139
Barton Creek Wilderness Park Austin, Texas: Farsighted Leaders Preserve Their City's Green Spacesp. 142
Snapshot: Threatened Wildlife near Austinp. 144
Snapshot: Smart Growth and Water Qualityp. 146
Boulder's Growth-Control Initiatives Boulder, Colorado: Continuing One of the Country's Original Smart-Growth Effortsp. 148
Snapshot: Is "Slow Growth" Also "Smart"?p. 150
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Gwinnett and Forsyth Counties, Georgia: River Shore Protected in the Midst of Rapid Growthp. 152
Chester County Comprehensive Plan Chester County, Pennsylvania: A Bold and Innovative Agenda for Saving a Landscape from Sprawlp. 156
Snapshot: Lessons from Lancaster Countyp. 158
Snapshot: Oregon's Urban Growth Boundariesp. 160
Coast Dairies Santa Cruz County, California: Pristine California Coastal Area Saved from Sprawlp. 162
Snapshot: Smart Growth and Wildlifep. 164
Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve Montgomery County, Maryland: The Country's Largest Farmland Protection Programp. 166
Snapshot: Smart Growth and Farmlandp. 169
Snapshot: Affordable Housingp. 171
Mountain Island Lake Mecklenburg, Gaston, Lincoln Counties, North Carolina: Three Counties Protect a Pristine Source of Drinking Waterp. 173
Mountains to Sound Greenway Seattle to Throp, Washington: A Greenway Connects Scenic, Historic, and Recreational Resourcesp. 178
Pearl Lake Almira Township, Michigan: Grassroots, Government, and Environmental Groups Save a Local Treasurep. 181
The Not-So-Impossible Dreamp. 185
Glossaryp. 188
Endnotesp. 194
About the Authorsp. 195
Acknowledgmentsp. 197
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ISBN: 9781559634328
ISBN-10: 1559634324
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st March 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 2