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Suburban Nation

The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream

Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck

North Point Press

For a decade, Suburban Nation has given voice to a growing movement in North America to put an end to suburban sprawl and replace the last century’s automobile-based settlement patterns with a return to more traditional planning. Founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk are at the forefront of the movement, and even their critics, such as Fred Barnes in The Weekly Standard, recognized that “Suburban Nation is likely to become this movement’s bible.” A lively lament about the failures of postwar planning, this is also that rare book that offers solutions: “an essential handbook” (San Francisco Chronicle).  This tenth anniversary edition includes a new preface by the authors.



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WHAT IS SPRAWL, AND WHY?
TWO WAYS TO GROW; THE FIVE COMPONENTS OF SPRAWL;
A BRIEF HISTORY OF SPRAWL; WHY VIRGINIA BEACH IS NOT
ALEXANDRIA; NEIGHBORHOOD PLANS VERSUS SPRAWL PLANSThe cities will be part of the country; I shall live 30 miles from my office in one direction, under a pine tree; my secretary will live 30 miles away from it too, in the other direction, under another pine tree. We shall both have our own car.
We shall use up tires, wear out road surfaces and gears, consume oil and gasoline. All of which will necessitate a great deal of work . . . enough for all.
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REVIEWS

Praise for Suburban Nation

“As compelling and important as Jane Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities and Venturi, Brown, and Izenour’s Learning from Las Vegas . . . Everyone who cares about the future of our American way of life should read this book.” —ROBERT A. M. STERN, Dean, Yale School of Architecture

“Among the wittiest and most perceptive books about sprawl. You couldn’t ask for a better trio to guide you through any part of the American built environment.” —HAROLD HENDERSON, Planning


“As compelling and important as Jane Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities and Venturi, Brown, and Izenour’s Learning from Las Vegas . . . Everyone who cares about the future of our American way of life should read this book.” —ROBERT A. M. STERN, Dean, Yale School of Architecture

“Among the wittiest and most perceptive books about sprawl. You couldn’t ask for a better trio to guide you through any part of the American built environment.” —HAROLD HENDERSON, Planning


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck

  • Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk lead a firm that has designed more than 200 new neighborhoods and community revitalization plans, most famously, Seaside, Florida.  Jeff Speck is director of town planning for the firm.


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Suburban Nation

The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream

Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck

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