True, it is disheartening to realize that what's new in urban planning is what was old and disdained by developers after World War II. But how wonderful to see the values of living in a vibrant community emerge again, seeming new because we've suffered so long with "placeless" suburbs.
Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Jeff Speck, North Point Press. Hardcover: $30. 290 pages.