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The Option of Urbanism : Investing in a New American Dream - Christopher B. Leinberger

The Option of Urbanism

Investing in a New American Dream

Hardcover Published: 9th November 2007
ISBN: 9781597261364
Number Of Pages: 224

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Americans are voting with their feet to abandon strip malls and suburban sprawl, embracing instead a new type of community where they can live, work, shop, and play within easy walking distance. In The Option of Urbanism visionary developer and strategist Christopher B. Leinberger explains why government policies have tilted the playing field toward one form of development over the last sixty years: the drivable suburb. Rooted in the driving forces of the economy—car manufacturing and the oil industry—this type of growth has fostered the decline of community, contributed to urban decay, increased greenhouse gas emissions, and contributed to the rise in obesity and asthma.


Highlighting both the challenges and the opportunities for this type of development, The Option of Urbanism shows how the American Dream is shifting to include cities as well as suburbs and how the financial and real estate communities need to respond to build communities that are more environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable.

"The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream is free of jargon and, more important, free of ideological resentments."--Planning
"In The Option of Urbanism, Leinberger deftly shares his wealth of knowledge through the musings of a writer, the patience of an academic, and the technical abilities of an active developer. The book is straightforward and manages to be an enjoyable reading experience for just about anyone interested in where the developing landscape goes from here."--Urban Land
"The Option of Urbanismis a great read."--Re: place Magazine
"In The Option of Urbanism, Christopher B. Leinberger aims to present a happy alternative to the usual apocalyptic accounts of urban srpawl and its consequences."--Next American City

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Futurama and the 20th-Century American Dreamp. 12
The Rise of Drivable Sub-urbiap. 31
The Standard Real Estate Product Types: Why Every Place Looks Like Every Place Elsep. 45
Consequences of Drivable Sub-urban Growthp. 63
The Market Rediscovers Walkable Urbanismp. 86
Defining Walkable Urbanism: Why More is Betterp. 113
Unintended Consequences of Walkable Urbanismp. 138
Achieving the Next American Dream: Leveling the Playing Field and Implementing Walkable Urbanismp. 150
Notesp. 177
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9781597261364
ISBN-10: 159726136X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 9th November 2007
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45