According to Joel Garreau, we are in the middle of the biggest change in 100 years in how we live, work, and play--and most of us don't even know it. By moving our jobs out to the suburbs where we live and shop, we have created Edge Cities. Garreau has spent three years visiting Edge Cities and presents a groundbreaking book about who we are, how ...
According to Joel Garreau, we are in the middle of the biggest change in 100 years in how we live, work, and play--and most of us don't even know it. By moving our jobs out to the suburbs where we live and shop, we have created Edge Cities. Garreau has spent three years visiting Edge Cities and presents a groundbreaking book about who we are, how we got that way, where we are headed and what we value.
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Publishers Weekly, 1991-07-12 Garreau ( The Nine Nations of North America ) shows that Americans, weary of daily commutes between suburb and city, are developing concentrated communities near major metropolitan areas that blend home, workplace, schools and recreation. He calls these all-inclusive urban centers ``edge cities'': among them, White Plains, near Manhattan; King of Prussia, outside of Philadelphia; Scottsdale and Tempe, adjacent to Phoenix. Nine chapters on specific regions include interviews with modern ``pioneers,'' professionals who have chosen the edge-city lifestyle, and planners such as controversial Northern Virginia developer John T. (Til) Hazel. Edge-city proponents make a case for practicality, safety and cultural growth, while detractors cite bland artificiality and environmental threats in the expanding realm of industrial parks and strip malls. Garreau maintains a casual style, incorporating statistical data, historical references and regional trivia into an eminently readable, thought-provoking, optimistic text. (Sept.)
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