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The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape - James Howard Kunstler

The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape

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Published: July 1994
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The Geography of Nowhere traces America's evolution from a nation of Main Streets and coherent communities to a land where every place is like no place in particular, where the cities are dead zones and the countryside is a wasteland of cartoon architecture and parking lots.

In elegant and often hilarious prose, Kunstler depicts our nation's evolution from the Pilgrim settlements to the modern auto suburb in all its ghastliness. The Geography of Nowhere tallies up the huge economic, social, and spiritual costs that America is paying for its car-crazed lifestyle. It is also a wake-up call for citizens to reinvent the places where we live and work, to build communities that are once again worthy of our affection. Kunstler proposes that by reviving civic art and civic life, we will rediscover public virtue and a new vision of the common good. "The future will require us to build better places," Kunstler says, "or the future will belong to other people in other societies.

"A wonderfully entertaining useful and provocative account of the American environment by the auto, suburban developers, purblind zoning and corporate pirates." - Robert Taylor, Boston Globe

"Provocative and entertaining." - Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"A Funny, Angry, Colossally Important Tour of Our Built Landscape, Our Human Ecology." - Bill McKibben, author of "The End of Nature"

"Contributes to a discussion our society must hold if we are to shape our world as it continues to change at a dizzying pace." - James G. Garrison, The Christian Science Monitor

"A serious attempt to point out ways future builders can avoid the errors that have marred the American landscape." - The New Yorker

Scary Places
American Space
Life on ohe Gridiron
Eden Updated
Yesterday's Tomorrow
Joyride
The Evil Empire
How to Mess up a Town
A Place Called Home
The Loss of Community
Three Cities
Capitals of Unreality
Better Places
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780671888251
ISBN-10: 0671888250
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: July 1994
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1