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Title:
Road to ruin : an introduction to sprawl and how to cure it
Author:
Nozzi, Dom.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xxiv, 177 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Electronic Access:
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/fy043/2003045760.html
ISBN:
9780275981297
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Book

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Summary

What causes sprawl, and are there sensible solutions to its aggravating problems? Nozzi delivers an easy-to-follow introduction to sprawl's causes and offers common-sense solutions available to communities. The time is ripe for resurrecting the tradition of designing that makes people, not cars, happy.

Since the end of World War II, America has been obsessed with a desire to improve conditions for cars, not people, primarily through enormous subsidies for road widening and construction of free parking. Not only does this obsession worsen conditions for motorists (at great public expense), it traps communities in a vicious cycle that delivers a declining, sprawling, financially bankrupting future--regardless of the quality of regulations, plans, planners, or elected officials.

Nozzi delivers an easy-to-follow introduction to sprawl's causes and offers common-sense solutions available to communities. The time is ripe for resurrecting the tradition of designing that makes people, not cars, happy. The key is returning to modest, human-scaled streets, parking, land use, and development regulations. Design principles encouraging walking, bicycling, and mass transit in conjunction with automobile travel are essential to creating livable cities once again. A professional city planner for over 15 years, Nozzi has firsthand knowledge of what works, what doesn't, and what real-world obstacles are faced when dealing with sprawl. Aimed at people who want an insider's introduction to our road, traffic, and land-use problems, this book is a useful guide to both professional planners and citizens concerned about the future of their own communities.


Author Notes

Dom Nozzi is Senior Planner, Department of Community Development, City of Gainesville, Florida.


Table of Contents

Victor Dover
Tables and Figuresp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
1 Dire Straitsp. 1
2 We Have Met the Enemy ... and It is We Motoristsp. 13
3 Fighting the Wrong Battlesp. 35
4 Misguided Solutions: The Tendency to Foul Our Own Nestp. 49
5 Putting the Brakes on Sprawlp. 63
6 Properly Designing Streetsp. 77
7 Ending Our Love Affair with the Carp. 89
8 Getting Back on Our Feetp. 99
9 Designing for Peoplep. 105
10 Toward Better Development Regulationsp. 125
Conclusionp. 135