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In this "eminently relevant and important book" (Library Journal), the author traces the evolution of America's landscape, where every place looks ...Show synopsisIn this "eminently relevant and important book" (Library Journal), the author traces the evolution of America's landscape, where every place looks like no place in particular, and where accommodating the automobile jeopardizes the individual and the environment.Hide synopsis
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If I were King, I would appoint Mr. Kunstler asthe City, Town, and Neighborhood Planning Czar, with dictatorial powers and the mandate that he do it right this time.
In this well written and most interesting tome, he explores the background and the nature of the decline of our smaller towns and their ...
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