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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Cities and Suburbs

Prawfs-guest Professor Nicole Garnett -- who is, of course, excellent in every respect -- has posted a new paper, "Save the Cities, Stop the Suburbs," that should be interesting to those following the "urbanism" (new and old) debate.  Here is the abstract:

This Essay reviews two recent books: Robert Bruegmann, Sprawl: A Compact History and Joel Kotkin, The City: A Global History. Bruegmann, an architectural historian, makes an important contribution to the thinking about suburban sprawl by placing current development patterns in historical context. Bruegmann builds a strong case that the costs of limits on suburban development - especially the reduction in the supply of affordable housing - might well outweigh their benefits. His failure to consider whether measures other than suburban growth restrictions might enliven cities, however, is a serious shortcoming. The Essay suggests that urban officials must find ways to make cities, in Kotkin's words, “sacred, safe, and busy,” places again. The Essay urges local governments to examine how city land use policies (as opposed to suburban ones) affect urban life and suggests that city officials must address inevitable tensions between safety and busyness and between busyness and beauty.

Posted by Rick Garnett on June 24, 2006 at 12:07 AM in Property | Permalink


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