Reforming Suburbia

Reforming Suburbia

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The qnew communityq movement of the 1960s and 1970s attempted a grand experiment in housing. It inspired the construction of innovative communities that were designed to counter suburbia's cultural conformity, social isolation, ugliness, and environmental problems. This richly documented book examines the results of those experiments in three of the most successful new communities: Irvine Ranch in Southern California, Columbia in Maryland, and The Woodlands in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. Based on new research and interviews with developers, designers, and residents, Ann Forsyth traces the evolution, the successes, and the shortcomings of these experiments in urban innovation. Where they succeeded, in areas such as community identity and open space preservation, they provide support for current qsmart growthq proposals. Where they did not, in areas such as housing affordability and transportation choices, they offer important insights for today's planners, designers, developers, civic leaders, and others interested in incorporating new forms of development into their designs.However, developments could do all this and, as meaningful as the changes might be, still not provide an actual alternative to the perceived problems of sprawling suburban growth. Instead, they might merely repackage the same features intoanbsp;...

Title:Reforming Suburbia
Author:Ann Forsyth
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2005


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